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VIDEO: To Educate a Girl

One of the Millennium Development Goals aims for universal primary education for all children by 2015. Although there's been progress, it doesn't look like we're going to meet that goal: More than 70 million primary school-aged children do not go to school, and 55 percent of them are girls.

A variety of economic and social factors keep girls from getting an education. In some places, girls are seen as more useful to their families when they're working around the home or selling goods in the market. In others, the family can't afford school fees for more than a few children, so only the boys go to school.

It's a fact that women disproportionately suffer from hunger and poverty, and a lack of education only makes that scenario more likely. This film takes a look at what it takes to educate a girl.

This story is part of our Wednesday ViewChange video series.


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