On October 9th, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot for her tireless advocacy on behalf of Pakistani girls and their right to receive an education. The assassination attempt sent shockwaves around the world, instantly elevating the issue of girls being denied education in countries like Pakistan.
The benefits of educating girls cannot be denied. In fact, some estimates attribute half of the drop in the under five child mortality rate to an increase in women’s education.
In the last seven years, UNICEF has enrolled more than half a million girls as first-time students in Pakistan. Still, just 48% of girls are enrolled in school and, in some areas, female literacy is as low as 7%. UNICEF’s Education for All Children program seeks to change that.