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Why We Must Support Girls' Education Around the World

Last week at the UNC Asheville Girls' Education Summit I had the chance to share why we--as students, educators, parents--must be aware of the global education emergency facing our world. Among all the heartbreaking things happening in our world today, I truly believe that education is the greatest solution. As humanity, we cannot make progress if half the population is left behind. That is why girls' education must be a top priority.


You may be surprised by the heart-wrenching facts surrounding girls' education inequality; like how there are 31 million girls of primary school age out of school and of these, 17 million are expected never to enter school. And there are 4 million fewer girls than boys out of school. And two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.