50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. Of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are females. There are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys.

Why does this matter? Research shows that educating girls can save millions of lives, including the lives of young girl around the world.

The statistics are startling: If every woman around the globe had a primary and secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving 3 million people. A daughter with eight years of education is four times less likely to marry as a child. If a girl earned only one extra year of education, she can earn 20 percentage more as an adult.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve rounded up 50 photos of girls going to school around the world.

The photos feature girls of all ages from China, Palestine, Kenya and more, getting an education. Whether they’re walking to school with friends or aroused about learning something new in class, these photos are proof that all children should have the right to get an education , no matter their gender.

1 China

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Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014.

2 India

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Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof protecting children against the strong sunshine in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic households are 6-14 years olds who the hell is taught maths as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photo was taken on October 29, 2014.

3 Iran

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Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer’s and cameramen’s access to cover parliament’s open sessions in Tehran on February 27, 2013.

4 Brazil

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Girls attend a class at a school in the forest in Xapuri, Acre State, in northwestern Brazil, on October 8, 2014.

5 Afghanistan

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Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on May 7, 2013.

6 Russia

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High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their class in Moscow’sRed Square on May 25, 2011.

7 Haiti

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Brazilian UN peacekeepers distribute juice and crackers to students at the Immaculate Conception School February 6, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

8 England

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Withington Independent Girls School students celebrate getting good grades on their A level exam on August 15, 2013 in Manchester, England.

9 Pakistan

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Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination endeavor, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012.

10 Kenya

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Schoolgirls participate in a lesson in Kilifi, Kenya on June 31, 2010. The students are part of an initiative called”Moving the Goalspost” whichsponsorsfemale students from the Kilifi district where drop-out rates are high due to early marriages, teen pregnancy and a traditional bias towards educating male siblings over female.

11 Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan Muslim school girls stand on the edge of a ocean port in Colombo on May 20, 2013, after traveling from their township of Kalmunai, over 231 miles away.

12 Cambodia

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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde watches school girls in the computer room at Toutes a l’Ecole school on December 3, 2013 in Kandal province, Cambodia.

13 South Korea

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Students takethe annual Scolastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on November 13, 2014.

14 Central African Republic

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A student stands in a classroom at a school inthe capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic on March 12, 2014.

15 Indonesia

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Two Islamic school children prepare for prayer during a school trip in Jakarta on October 18, 2012.

16 Cuba

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Cuban schoolgirls read during class on November 13, 2012 in Havana.

17 North Korea

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Primary School students in North Korea on May 16, 2009.

18 Iraq

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Iraqi school girls stroll home in Tikrit on September 22, 2005.

19 Ecuador

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Girls pose at a rural school at La Palizada in Tulcan, Carchi province, in Ecuador close to the Colombian border on November 7, 2012.

20 China

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A class of students run during a physical educate exercise at the temporary campus of the “Walking School” of Xu Xiangyang Education and Training Group on December 22, 2005, on the outskirts of China’s southwestern city of Chengdu.

21 Serbia

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A Kosovo Albanian girl answers a question in a sociology class at Sami Frasheri high school on March 15, 2007 in Pristina, Serbia.

22 Zimbabwe

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A young schoolgirl listens to aconcert at the Glen Forest Development Centre on December 3, 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

23 Germany

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Students of the 7th and 8th class swimming during a school triathlon on June 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

24 The United States

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Westminster High School Future Farmers of America students cuddle their pigs in between grooming and preparing them to be shown in competitor at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California.

25 China

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Students read outdoors at the Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School on April 21, 2006 in Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. The Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School, established in 2005, was built to provide free education for impoverished female students in pasturing areas. The school currently has about 96 students and 10 teachers, teaching Tibetan, Chinese, maths, art and other courses.

26 Haiti

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School children in uniform play in Isla de Laganave, Haiti.

27 Nepal

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School girls in orange uniforms stroll to school along a trail around Manaslu Trek, Nepal.

28 Bangladesh

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Children learning their lessons at home, in a village in Netrok.

29 Cuba

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School girls wearing school uniforms on the way home on June 1, 2009 in Trinidad, Cuba.

30 Afghanistan

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Afghani girls raise their hands to answer a question in math class.

31 Vietnam

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H’mong students exert at Hoang Thu Pho primary school in Bac Ha, Lao Cai, Vietnam.

32 The United States

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Engineering studentsreact as the small bridge they built in class eventually crushes in a stress exam in McLean, Virginia.

33 Bangladesh

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A girl goes to primary school in Bangladesh in 2007.

34 France

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Girls hug each other on the first day of school outside the European School of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France on September 1, 2015.

35 Mozambique

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Students in school uniforms pose for a photo on September 29, 2015 in Beira, Mozambique.

36 Gaza

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Palestinian school girls stroll during a sandstorm in Gaza City on September 9, 2015.

37 Yemen

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Yemeni girls listen to their teacher on their fist day of school at a public organization in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 1, 2015.

38 South Korea

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Students wearing traditional hanbok attires bow as they attend a graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at the Dongmyeong girl’s high school in Seoul on February 12, 2015.

39 India

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Indian schoolchildren pray during morning assembly at their school in Shimla on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar.

40 Mexico

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Children play during a transgres after returning to school following a two-months ten-strike of teachers due to criminal menaces, in Acapulco, Mexico on January 27, 2015.

41 Yemen

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Yemeni schoolgirls attend an anti-mine and unexploded ordnance awareness campaign in a school in Sanaa on December 17, 2014.

42 Bangladesh

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A young Bangladeshi school girl.

43 The United States

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Students listen to instructions during a coding class at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria in New York on September 17, 2015.

44 Ghana

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School girls head home through their cocoa-producing village on November 11, 2015 in Akyekyere, Ghana.

45 Thailand

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Young female students in a “pondok, ” a school providing general and religious analyzes on June 29, 2015 in Narathiwat, Thailand.

46 Japan

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Student walk to school the rain in June 2013 in Kyoto, Japan.

47 Australia

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A young student from Malabar Public School reads on a beanbag at her school on July 19, 2006.

48 The United States

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A girls’ track team operates through traffic as they travel to McKinley High School where they practice on May 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

49 India

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Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.

50 Russia

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Cadets laugh on the bench in the garden of the Defence Ministry Girls Boarding School on September 9, 2008, in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Medvedev took government decisions in January 2008 to create an academy for the daughters of Russian servicemen serving far away from the capital, without the opportunity for a good education and for those who lost their parent in post-Soviet armed conflicts.

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