Gender Inequality in Education
Data from 24 low-income countries reveal that on average only 34% of girls in the poorest quintile households complete primary school, compared with 72% of girls in the richest quintile.
In Nigeria, minority Hausa-speaking girls have a 35% lower probability of attending school, compared with majority Yoruba-speaking boys (UIS 2005).
In India, 37% of girls ages 7-14 belonging to scheduled castes or scheduled tribes do not attend school, compared with 26% of boys the same age from the same groups (Census of India 2001). About 35% of 15-year-old tribal girls are in school, compared with about 60% of tribal boys of the same age.
In Pakistan, only 10% of Balochi-Pathan rural girls complete primary school, compared with 40% of comparable boys, 55% of urban Punjabi girls, and 65% of urban Punjabi boys (Lloyd, Mete, and Grant 2007).
In Guatemala, only 26% of indigenous, non-Spanish-speaking girls complete primary school, compared with 45% of indigenous boys and 62% of Spanish-speaking-girls (Hallman and Peracca 2007).
Of the 57 million children currently out of school, 31 million are girls. With our Agora Hot Spots, we hope to create easily accessible communal learning centers where internet, power and connectivity are available for any constructive use, including education, by all young people.