Malala Day, will be observed this year on 12 July 2017, is a day to stand up for the right to education, especially female education. It is not just about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teen activist, who was born on 12 July 1997 (19 years), became a target of Taliban in October 2012 and defied death after a serious gunshot injury, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the UN’s youngest ambassador for peace.                                                                              Education partnerships by the E-9 countries- Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan are re-assessing how best they can pool their knowledge and efforts to achieve the ambitious global goal in education (SDG4). Over two-third of the world’s illiterate adults and over half of the world’s out-of-school children reside in these countries. As a group, they represent 53% of the global population and constitute the nine most highly-populated countries of the Global South. Source: UNESCO IIEP Learning Portal.                                                                                                                 Globally, 32 million primary school-aged girls are still out of school. 98 million more girls are missing out on secondary education. Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics.

In total more than 130 million girls are out of school today. Source: OHCHR                                                                                      In Nigeria, total population of females aged 10 is higher than males. Adjusted primary school enrollment, net percent of primary school-age children, 1995-2015: male- 78%, Female- 70%.

Gender parity index, primary education 1999-2015: 0.84. Source: UNFPA.

                                                                              Health benefits of female education include:

  1. Increased maternal and newborn health.
  2. Moderation of total fertility rate per woman through access to family planning methods.
  3. Increased life expectancy.
  4. Increased sexual and reproductive health.
  5. Prevention of violent extremism

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