Nearly 1 in 3 girls worldwide never attended school - UNICEF

In Italy, 20% less resources for eduction for poor children

20 January, 13:01

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 20 - A new study by UNICEF revealed that nearly one in three adolescent girls in the world's poorest families have never attended school.

    The study, titled 'Addressing the learning crisis: an urgent need to better finance education for the poorest children', was conducted in 42 countries with available data, including Italy.

    It said 44% of girls and 34% of boys belonging to 20% of the poorest families never attended school or left elementary school.

    The study was launched on the occasion of the meeting of education ministers at the Education World Forum and in light of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

    Francesco Samengo, president of UNICEF Italia, said less than 20% of public resources for education are dedicated to children from the poorest families, and more than 20% are dedicated to the richest families.

    "Educational poverty conditions the entire life of children and adolescents," Samengo said.

    "Investing in the quality of education means facing the root causes of poverty, with enormous benefits for the entire country," he said.(ANSAmed).

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