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Third grader, Mariama

Third grader Mariama Morou lives in Kosseye Satom, a village 15 kilometers from Niamey, the capital of Niger. Today she is helping her mother with household chores, because her teacher did not show up. Absenteeism among teachers is very common in Niger. Although the number of girls attending primary school has currently reached 80 percent, only 25 percent continue their studies into secondary school. According to a 2012 demographic study by the Ministry of Public Health, more than 75 percent of women in Niger are married before the age of 18, a rate the authorities hope to reduce by encouraging families to educate girls. At the start of the 2015–2016 school year, the Minister of Education kicked off an awareness campaign with the slogan “I’m standing up for girls’ education, because it changes lives.” Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on November 18, 2015