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After I posted my IWD post yesterday I discovered an awesome post on Huffington Post entitled ’50 Captivating images of girls going to school’ that struck a chord with me. Why is this important? Well because of these facts…

*Across the world 65 million girls are not in school.

*Of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are women.

*There are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys.

*Research shows that educating girls can save millions of lives of young girls around the world.

*If every woman around the globe had a primary and secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving 3 million people.

*A girl with eight years of education is four times less likely to marry as a child.

*If a girl earned just one extra year of education, she can earn 20 percent more as an adult.


Pretty amazing huh? You can read the full article here (including details and photo credits) Below are a few of my favourite photos.

Chinese childen attend a Chinese class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014. The Shanghai Education Commission recently announced the opening of 50 new public schools in the city, according to local news. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)


Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED (Photo credit should read A. MAJEED/AFP/GettyImages)

High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes on Red Square in Moscow on May 25, 2011. Russian teenagers celebrated the end of their studies across the country. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

HAITI, Isla de la Laganave, School childrem in uniform playing, including an Albino girl.

Cuban schoolgirls read during class, on November 13, 2012, in Havana. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

MAQIN COUNTY, CHINA - APRIL 21: (CHINA OUT) Students read outdoors at the Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School on April 21, 2006 in Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. The Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School, established in September 2005 by monk Jigmei Gyaltsen, is built to provide free education for impoverished girl students in pasturing areas. The school currently has about 96 students and 10 teachers, teaching Tibetan, Chinese, mathematics, art and other courses. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

SLUG:I ME-ENGINEERS DATE: December 16, 2009 PLACE: McLean, VA PHOTOGRAPHER: jahi chikwendiu/twp CAPTION: Students of Christopher Lee's engineering class react as the small bridge they built in class finally crushes in a stress test as they destroy the bridges in order to measure how strongly the structures are built at Holton-Arms School, an all-girls school in McLean, VA, that is trying to prep its students for a field that continues to be dominated by men. The visible students are, from left, Gabriella Gunawan, Ashley Brown, Veronica Leonard (blurry, foreground), Kelsey Good (back left), Khaki Martin (back middle), Sequoia Austin, (back right), and Mariah Sanguinetti (bottom left).

BAC HA, LAO CAI, VIETNAM - 2006/11/29: H'mong students exercise at Hoang Thu Pho primary school.. (Photo by Chau Doan/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(GERMANY OUT) Cuba Santiago de Cuba - Trinidad: school girls waering school uniform on the way home - 01.06.2009 (Photo by Konzept und Bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Students wearing traditional hanbok dresses bow as they attend a graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at the Dongmyeong girl's high school in Seoul on February 12, 2015. Around 500 students attended the ceremony, which signifies a child's passage into adulthood and aims to teach participants etiquette and the acceptance of responsibilities. Once a widespread tradition, coming-of-age ceremonies are increasingly rare with the event now usually observed in various less traditional ways. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Girls hug each other outside the European school of Strasbourg (Ecole Europeenne de Strasbourg) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 1, 2015, the first day of the new school year. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG        (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)