The Missed Education of African Girls

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The government of Malawi introduced free primary education some 12 years ago, becoming one of the first African countries to do so. Doug Beach for NPR hide caption

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The government of Malawi introduced free primary education some 12 years ago, becoming one of the first African countries to do so.

Doug Beach for NPR

Girls remain woefully outnumbered in African schools. They make up nearly 60 percent of the children who should be in school but in fact don't attend. Part of the problem is economic, but much of the reason remains rooted in societies that undervalue girls and, in some cases, abuse them. These problems are prevalent in Malawi, but there's some progress as well.

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