UNICEF observes ‘day of the girl child’ with focus on education

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has expressed the view that more work still needs to be done to ensure that every girl and adolescent in Latin American Countries (LAC) has the right and full access to education.

This statement coincides with celebrations to mark the second International Day of the Girl Child.

The body says young girls themselves should be involved in the process of creating innovative solutions for educating girls, noting that the education of girls is a powerful force that can transform societies.

UNICEF says despite the decreasing number of girls out of school, too many around the world are still denied a quality education and a chance to reach their full potential.

This may not be totally the case in Guyana since the Government is pushing for the attainment of Universal Secondary Education, having already attained Universal Primary Education.

“Evidence shows that even a single year of secondary school for a girl correlates with as much as a 25 per cent increase in her future earnings.  But today, millions of girls are still out of school, including 31 million primary school aged girls,” UNICEF said in a statement.

“Education can transform the lives of girls and strengthen their communities,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.

“Innovation can help us reach every girl by transforming education. In this regard UNICEF is exploring how technology can increase access to education for out-of-school girls and improve the quality of learning for every child.”

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

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