Girl Power: Educating Girls in the 21st Century

MyJoyOnline News, Ghana – (World Bank) – Mon 16 March, 2009

In a speech to his fellow Ghanaians in the early 1900s, the visionary educator, Dr. J.E. Kwegyir Aggrey, declared, “The surest way to keep a people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.”

The good news today is that girls have crowded into school in record numbers over recent decades.
They have shrunk the gender gap with boys, and won significant economic, social, and development gains for themselves and their communities, says a new Bank report.

Overall primary school enrollments for girls in poor countries jumped from 87 percent in 1990 to 94 percent in 2004, with also more girls than ever before now in secondary school, according to the report, Girls’ Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth. . .

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