What would your life be like with only five years of schooling? For a lot of African girls, this is the majority education they can expect and they are the lucky ones. Across the region, 28 million girls roughly between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school, and a lot of will at no time even set foot in a classroom.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion to celebrate the tremendous evolution completed in girls’ access to education. But it is as well a stark reminder of the millions of girls who are being left behind, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.