If You're a Girl in Pakistan,
What Are Your Chances of Going to School?

PHOTO: Malala Yousafzai visits Karachi school for girls
Tayyab Jajjvi

Pakistan has the world's second-highest number of children -- more than 5 million -- not attending school. More than 3 million of those not in school are girls.

As Malala Yousafzai's shooting last year demonstrated, some communities do not expect or allow girls to attend school. In the photo Malala, before she was shot, can be seen visiting a school in Karachi, which was bombed a few months after her visit.

Here are some eye-opening facts about girls' education in Pakistan:

1.
In Pakistan, 5.4 million children of primary school age are not in school; 62 percent of them are girls.
2.
Seven million adolescents in Pakistan are not in school; 54 percent of them are girls.
3.
Sixty-five percent of girls are enrolled in primary school compared with 79 percent of boys.
4.
Almost half -- 49 percent -- of girls who begin primary school leave before completing the final grade.
5.
Sixty-two percent of girls and 5 percent of boys between the ages of 10 and 12 are not in school.
6.
Seventy-one percent of women in Pakistan have not completed primary school, compared with 41 percent of men.
7.
In Pakistan, 39 percent of girls are not in school, compared with 30 percent of boys.
8.
A boy has a 15 percent greater chance of starting primary school in Pakistan than a girl does.
9.
More than half of all adults in Pakistan have received no education. Only 40 percent of adult women can read and write, compared with 69 percent of men.
10.
In Pakistan's poorest households, less than half -- 45 percent -- of the girls are enrolled in primary school, and only 18 percent attend lower secondary school.

Special thanks to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, UNESCO and UNICEF.

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