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Girls not at Secondary School

Map No. 202

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Territories with a big difference in the ratio of girls to boys at primary level often have a bigger difference at secondary level. In those same territories significantly fewer boys are in secondary education, so the gap between total numbers of girls and boys enrolled in each year group remains at about 3 million worldwide.

In 104 territories boys and girls are equally enrolled, or girls' enrolment slightly exceeds that of boys. These territories are mainly found in South America, North America, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Anomalies in these regions, where more boys go to secondary school than girls, include: Peru, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Italy and Switzerland.

"... my father thinks itís a waste letting me go to school. Itís better for my family to let me work than go to school. My father also says itís easier for men to tell girls what to do if they donít have an education." Aisata, 2002

Territory size is proportional to the excess male over female enrolment in secondary education there.

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