Vol 2 No 1 - Special Report: Educating Girls

Issued: 1993 (32 pages)

While, by the 1990’s, there had been a massive global increase in primary education, over 100 million children never entered a classroom. And it was mostly the girls who were missing. The situation in secondary schools was – and is – much worse. This issue of the magazine looked around the world to see how and why this was happening, from the ‘desert Cinderella’s in Jordan to those learning to write in the sand in India, where only four out of ten women could read or write. It reported on pioneering new approaches in Nigeria where over 20 million primary school places would be needed to educate all the children. The UN estimated that, if progress was not stepped up it would take 100 years for girls to catch up with the boys in terms of simple literacy in countries such as India and Bangladesh. [India’s 2011 census showed that progress has indeed been slow, with only 65 per cent of women having gained functional literacy.]


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Liberation and change
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: Special report: Educating girls
  • Page 7 - Meeting the need
  • Page 10 - The most influential investment
  • Page 11 - Graduates in the kitchen
  • Page 14 - Tiger cubs and little flowers
  • Page 15 - Girls ahead in Syria
  • Page 18 - Learning to write in the sand
  • Page 21 - Exploring the myth
  • Page 24 - Pioneering new approaches
  • Page 26 - Nigeria's women look beyond literacy
  • Page 27 - Bridging the divide
  • Page 29 - Associates' news
  • Page 31 - Population post-Rio
  • Page 32 - Books: Annette Lawson on Women and Literacy


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