1 in 5 children aged 6-17 are not in school.

Access to education is a human right [1]; yet lack of education is still a huge problem, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia[2]. Globally, 1 in 5 children between the age of 6 and 17 years old are not attending school [3].

Moreover, gender inequality in education is still pervasive [3]. Of the 750 million adults who are illiterate, two thirds of them are women; 27% more girls than boys of primary school age in central Asia are not going to school [3]. One third of countries in developing regions still have more boys than girls in school [2].

How does this relate to climate change? Education can reduce poverty and slow population growth, in turn slowing climate change [4,5,6]. We’ll look at this in more detail tomorrow.

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