UNICEF celebrates girls’
education in Sri Lanka
11, 2003 - 9.30
new flagship report, State of the World’s Children 2004 was launched today
celebrating Sri Lanka’s notable achievements in girls’ education. The
report, which focuses on girls’ education around the world, reveals that
whilst hundreds of millions of girls and women across the globe remain, Sri
Lanka has achieved high female literacy rates.
UNICEF highlighted some pressing needs in terms of access and quality of
education in Sri Lanka.
report reveals that every year, globally, 9 million more girls than boys
never see the inside of a classroom. With statistics indicating that in the
least developed countries of the world, female literacy rates are as low as
42% and only half of girls attend primary school (53%), the reports asserts
that the standard approach to universal education has failed.
But in South Asia, where the average female literacy is only 42% and
an average 39% of girls are in secondary school, Sri Lanka represents a
Representative in Sri Lanka, Ted Chaiban, at the launch of the report, said,
“With 97% of girls and boys enrolled in primary school and female literacy
rates as high as 89%, Sri Lanka is an outstanding success story. It is due
to the farsighted steps taken in Sri Lanka’s history -like the
implementation of compulsory and free education - that the country has
already achieved the Millennium Development Goal
of gender parity in education by 2005.”
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Date: December 11, 2003 -9.30