The Bottom Ten Countries for Female Education

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As we approach ‘Malala Day’ on 10 November, the EFA Global Monitoring Report reveals that Pakistan scores in the bottom ten of new country rankings for education of poor females.

As we stand together on ‘Malala Day’, it is vital to stand up for what Malala believes in, and to put the spotlight on the extreme disadvantage that many poor girls and young women face in getting to school.

Our new Education for All Global Monitoring Report and our new interactive website – World Inequality Database in Education, WIDE – provides us with a global scorecard ranking the extent of education poverty in countries around the world. Pakistan is in the bottom ten countries for the proportion of poorest girls who have never even spent time in a classroom. Only six African countries are in a worse situation. It is also in the bottom ten for the amount of time that young women have spent in school in their life-time.

Almost two-thirds of poorest girls in Pakistan have never been to school. The long term neglect of education means that the poorest young women in the country have only spent around a year in school on average. Without a real step change by the government to give these children and young people the education and training they need, including a second chance for those who have missed out, they will be denied equal opportunities in work and life forever.

COUNTRY SCORECARDS

Percentage of poorest females aged 7-16 who have never been to school

Average years of education for the poorest 17-22 year old females

Rank

Country

 %

Rank

Country

Years

1 Somalia 95% 1 Somalia 0.3
2 Niger 78% 2 Niger 0.4
3 Liberia 77% 3 Mali 0.5
4 Mali 75% 4 Guinea 0.5
5 Burkina Faso 71% 5 Guinea-Bissau 0.8
6 Guinea 68% 6 Yemen 0.8
7 Pakistan 62% 7 Central African Republic 0.8
8 Yemen 58% 8 Burkina Faso 0.9
9 Benin 55% 9 Pakistan 1.0
10 Côte d’Ivoire 52% 10 Benin 1.1
11 Nigeria 51% 11 Sierra Leone 1.3
12 Sierra Leone 50% 12 Côte d’Ivoire 1.3
13 Gambia 48% 13 Gambia 1.6
14 Central African Republic 46% 14 Madagascar 1.8
15 Madagascar 46% 15 Senegal 2.0
16 Guinea-Bissau 44% 16 Ethiopia 2.1
17 Senegal 43% 17 Burundi 2.2
18 Ethiopia 42% 18 Liberia 2.2
19 Djibouti 40% 19 Djibouti 2.4
20 Burundi 38% 20 Togo 2.4
21 Zambia 36% 21 Mozambique 2.5
22 Togo 34% 22 Mauritania 2.8
23 Mauritania 32% 23 India 2.9
24 Iraq 32% 24 Iraq 3.0
25 D. R. Congo 31% 25 Haiti 3.1
26 India 30% 26 Nepal 3.2
27 Haiti 27% 27 D. R. Congo 3.2
28 Ghana 26% 28 Ghana 3.6
29 Timor-Leste 24% 29 Rwanda 3.7
30 Mozambique 23% 30 Nigeria 4.1
31 Nepal 22% 31 Uganda 4.1
32 Egypt 21% 32 Honduras 4.1
33 U. R. Tanzania 20% 33 U. R. Tanzania 4.2
34 Kenya 19% 34 Bangladesh 4.4
35 Uganda 18% 35 Cambodia 4.5
36 Philippines 16% 36 Zambia 4.6
37 Swaziland 15% 37 Malawi 4.8
38 Lesotho 14% 38 Sao Tome and Principe 5.1
39 Suriname 13% 39 Congo 5.1
40 Vanuatu 13% 40 Syrian A. R. 5.4
41 Rwanda 10% 41 Timor-Leste 5.9
42 Honduras 10% 42 Egypt 6.1
43 Bangladesh 9% 43 Kenya 6.3
44 Malawi 9% 44 Swaziland 6.3
45 Tajikistan 8% 45 Mongolia 6.5
46 Congo 8% 46 Lesotho 6.7
47 Cambodia 8% 47 Suriname 6.7
48 Syrian A. R. 7% 48 Indonesia 6.7
49 TFYR Macedonia 7% 49 Dominican Republic 6.8
50 Republic of Moldova 7% 50 Bhutan 6.8
51 Namibia 7% 51 Philippines 7.0
52 Azerbaijan 6% 52 Namibia 7.1
53 Mongolia 5% 53 Bolivia, P. S. 7.1
54 Montenegro 5% 54 Belize 7.4
55 Serbia 5% 55 Colombia 7.6
56 Sao Tome and Principe 4% 56 Guyana 7.7
57 Indonesia 4% 57 TFYR Macedonia 7.7
58 Maldives 4% 58 Vanuatu 7.7
59 Dominican Republic 4% 59 Zimbabwe 7.9
60 Zimbabwe 4% 60 Tajikistan 8.6
61 Guyana 2% 61 Serbia 8.8
62 Albania 2% 62 Albania 8.9
63 Colombia 2% 63 Montenegro 9.0
64 Georgia 1% 64 Maldives 9.1
65 Trinidad and Tobago 1% 65 Azerbaijan 9.3
66 Jordan 1% 66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.7
67 Belize 1% 67 Jamaica 10.1
68 Bolivia, P. S. 1% 68 Georgia 10.6
69 Bhutan 1% 69 Jordan 10.8
70 Ukraine 1% 70 Cuba 10.8
71 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1% 71 Armenia 10.9
72 Kazakhstan 0% 72 Trinidad and Tobago 11.1
73 Armenia 0% 73 Republic of Moldova 11.3
74 Cuba 0% 74 Kazakhstan 11.6
75 Jamaica 0% 75 Ukraine 12.3

Source: World Inequality Database on Education http://www.education-inequalities.org/

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