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Latest items for AFE-DATA-1

Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"In 2014, the net primary school enrolment rates of boys and girls were both 99.8 percent, meaning that China has achieved the United Nations Millennium Development Goals ahead of time. Women now enjoy greater opportunities in junior high school education and above, particularly further education. In 2014, the proportion of female students in junior high schools was 46.7 percent and that in high schools was 50 percent; in institutions of higher learning women accounted for 52.1 percent of undergraduate students, 51.6 percent of postgraduate students, and 36.9 percent of students studying for Ph.D. degrees" (para. 18). "In 2014, the number of women receiving secondary vocational education was 8.05 million, accounting...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"The 2018 Women, Peace, and Security Index by Georgetown University and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo ranks Afghanistan as the second-worst place in the world to be a woman. Only Syria was ranked worse. That study notes that only 16 percent of Afghanistan's workforce is female and that half of all Afghan women have four years or less of education" (para. 21-22). "UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency, says only half of school-aged Afghan girls now go to school, and that only one out of five girls under 15 are literate" (para. 23).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Most children attended school through the primary grades. Boys generally completed secondary or vocational schooling" (21).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Boys were five times more likely than girls to go to high school and four times more likely than girls in high school to go to a university" (24).
Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Overall, 94 percent of males age 6 and older have ever attended school, compared with 91 percent of females (Tables 2.13.1 and 2.13.2). The median number of years of educational attainment is similar for males (6.7 years) and females (6.5 years)" (15). "The Gender Parity Index (GPI) measures sex-related differences in school attendance ratios, and is the ratio of female to male attendance. A GPI of 1 indicates parity or equality between the school participation ratios for males and females. A GPI lower than 1 indicates a gender disparity in favour of males, with a higher proportion of males than females attending that level of schooling. A GPI higher than...more
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Primary and secondary school attendance rates for girls were lower than for boys due to financial, cultural, or security reasons, including early marriage and pregnancy for girls" (page 41).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"An approximately equal number of girls and boys attended public schools at the primary and secondary levels, but fewer girls graduated" (page 10).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"According to recent surveys, women constituted more than half of university students" (44).
July 29, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Approximately 56 percent of girls attended primary school, compared with 66 percent of boys. Government figures indicated 11 percent of girls obtained a secondary education, compared with 21 percent of boys" (p. 18).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad

"According to the most recent World Bank Development Indicators database, six girls attended primary school for every 10 boys. Most children did not attend secondary school" (page 17).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"In Afghanistan, 57% of males age 6 and over have ever attended school, almost double the 31% of females (Tables 2.12.1 and 2.12.2). Only 4% of women and 10% of men have completed secondary school or gone beyond secondary school. The median number of years of schooling completed for women and men is 0.0 and 1.6 years, respectively" (12). "Sixty-nine percent of boys and 50% of girls age 7-12 attend primary school (Table 2.13). The net attendance ratio drops in secondary school: only 50% of boys and 25% of girls age 13-18 attend secondary school" (13). "The gender parity index (GPI), which is the ratio of female to male attendance...more
July 21, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"Many school-aged children cannot go to school due to the displacement or destruction of their schools. Girls face a higher-than-ever risk of being married off before turning 18, as families seek to lessen their burdens by marrying off their young girls, while boys as young as 10 years old face recruitment by both warring parties: the Houthi-Ali Abdullah Saleh alliance and the pro-Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi militias" (para 3).
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Tanzanian schools routinely expel girls who become pregnant, who are thought to number about 8,000 a year" (para 4). "In 2017, a Human Rights Watch report concluded that the discriminatory policy contributed to 1.5 million children being out of school in the country" (para 10).
July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Ministry of National Education statistics for 2016 indicated that 49 percent of all students at state schools were girls . . . The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in its Education at a Glance Report for 2016, showed there were gaps between girls’ and boys’ access to education and that nearly 25 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 19 neither continued their education nor joined the labor market" (page 51-52).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"The constitution makes basic primary education free and compulsory nationwide. The 2016 Education Act divides the education system into Basic Education (Early Childhood Development and grades one to eight), which is free and compulsory, and Secondary Education (grades nine to 12), which is free but not compulsory. The government reported that during the 2015-16 school year 96.6 percent of school-age children attended primary schools with gender parity" (Pg 28). "A gender gap in secondary education, however, persisted, with two-thirds of adolescent girls in rural areas reportedly not attending school" (Pg 29).
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LR-DATA-1, AFE-DATA-1

"The Committee commends the State party for the progress made in the education of girls and women, as reflected in their high levels of literacy and educational attainment" (7).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"An estimated 75 percent of primary school-age children enrolled in primary schools. Girls constituted approximately half of primary school students and a third of high school students" (p. 13).
July 14, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"School enrollment rate was 90 percent of boys and 84 percent of girls" (p. 30). "According to the 2010 Population Council Young Adult Survey, 23 percent of girls with disabilities were in school, compared with 48 percent of girls and 55 percent of boys without disabilities" (p. 32).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Primary Education: Solid progress has been achieved in primary school enrollment from 97 per cent in 2012/13 to 98.4 per cent in 2016/16, and gender equality at the primary level has improved with gender parity (1:1 ratio). Overall completion rates at primary school increased to 84.1 per cent in 2015, with girls’ rates higher than boys at 86.6 per cent. The number of primary schools increased from 6,910 in 2012/13 to 7,085 in 2015/2016. Over 90 per cent of the schools are in rural areas. Secondary Education: Enrollment and attendance at lower secondary levels have only moderately improved. Net enrollment rates at lower secondary schools decreased slightly to 56.5 per...more
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Nineteen percent of women and 13% of men age 6 and older have never had any formal education. Fifty-four percent of women and 54% of men have not completed primary education. Eight percent of women and 9% of men have completed primary school. A slightly higher percentage of both women (13%) and men (15%) have an incomplete secondary school education. Only 6% of women and 8% of men have completed secondary school or gone on to higher education. Women have completed a median of 3.4 years of school, while men have completed a median of 3.9 years" (16). "Eighty-three percent of boys and 84% of girls age 6-12 are attending...more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AFE-LAW-1, AFE-DATA-1

"The government provided free universal primary education to four children per family as well as universal secondary education, although parents were required to provide lunch and schooling materials for children in secondary school. A 2015 International Center for Research on Women study indicated more than 50 percent of girls between ages 14 and 18 dropped out of school due to poverty and early pregnancy. In 2013 the Ministry of Education and Sports and UNESCO noted nearly 70 percent of pupils enrolled in the first level of primary school in 2006 dropped out by 2013. The ministry reported significantly higher dropout rates for girls than for boys due to early pregnancy...more
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"In 2013 the government reported that overall female enrollment increased to 69 percent, as the result of a national education strategy focused on girls" (Pg 67).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Girls often did not have equal access to education. Many girls did not attend school or dropped out of school due to early marriage, domestic duties, and fear of gender-based violence at school. According to the 2015 Education for All national review, girls comprised only 39 percent of primary school students and 32 percent of secondary school students, although this figure may be even lower due to continuing violence and displacement as a result of the conflict. Only approximately 12 percent of teachers were women, according to World Bank and UNESCO reports, and in many communities it was not acceptable to send girls into a male-dominated public space" (Pg 37-38).more
June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone

"Women did not have equal access to education, economic opportunities, health facilities, or social freedoms. In rural areas women performed much of the subsistence farming and had little opportunity for formal education. According to a 2008 government survey, 66 percent of women had never attended school, compared with 50 percent of men. Women also experienced discrimination in access to employment, and it was common for an employer to dismiss a woman if she became pregnant during her first year on the job. The law does not prohibit dismissal of pregnant workers on the basis of pregnancy. Further discrimination occurred in access to credit, equal pay for similar work, and the...more
June 23, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Only an estimated three of every four children reportedly were enrolled in school" (p. 19).
June 21, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"According to recent surveys, women constituted more than half of university students, although segregated education through university level was the norm. The only exceptions to segregation in higher education were medical schools at the undergraduate level and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a graduate-level research university, where women worked jointly with men, were not required to wear a veil, and drove cars on campus. Other universities, such as al-Faisal University in Riyadh, offered partially segregated classes with students receiving instruction from the same teacher and able to participate together in class discussion, but with the women and men physically separated by dividers" (Pg 39-40).more
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Attendance was higher among girls than boys for both levels of education: 89 percent for girls versus 87 percent for boys in primary school, and 25 percent for girls versus 21 percent for boys in secondary school" (Pg 34).
June 20, 2019, 11:09 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"It is very difficult to get clear figures on indicators such as access to education as government data collection in Afghanistan is patchy and often unreliable" (9). "According to the government, 6 million of Afghanistan’s 14 million children have no access to Education. Government data, indicates even low percentages of girls in all levels of primary and secondary education. It is clear from Human Rights Watch’s research that a large proportion of girls are still not participating even in primary education, and that attendance in school by girls falls off quickly after primary education" (9-10).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"The NGO Pratham’s 2016 Annual Survey of Education noted that in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh, female student attendance rates ranged between 50 to 60 percent" (42).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"According to the 2010 Nigeria Education Data Survey, the most recent information available, attendance rates in primary schools ranged from 35 to 80 percent. The lowest attendance rates were in the Northeast (43 percent for boys and 38 percent for girls) and the Northwest, where rates for boys and girls hovered around 47 percent and 35 percent, respectively. Overall 63 percent of boys and 58 percent of girls attended school. According to UNICEF, for every 10 girls in school, more than 22 boys attended. Approximately 25 percent of young persons between ages 17 and 25 had fewer than two years of education. Boko Haram attacks prevented thousands of children from...more