Supporting the education of girls

Girls in secondary and higher level education face the greatest challenges. While 1.9 million Afghan girls are enrolled in primary school, this drops to just over 400,000 girls in secondary school and just over 120,000 in high school: at age 18, just 18 per cent of girls are still in school compared to 42 per cent for boys.

Afghanistan suffers from one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, yet studies estimate that infant mortality drops by 5 to 10 per cent for every extra year that girls stay in school. A recent World Bank study of 100 countries found that increasing the share of women with secondary education by 1 per cent increases per capital income growth by an average of 0.3 per cent.



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