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|Josiane at UNICEF supported school|
In the Central African Republic, a country of 623,000 square km and 3.5 million inhabitants,the education system experiences a high disparity among boys and girls (39 per cent of net enrolment for girls and 46 per cent for boys). This difference is mainly explained by socio-cultural factors. Since girls’ education is perceived by many as a meaningless investment for the family and the community.
However, many families do appreciate the importance of education for girls and boys. Josiane Pounoua, age 14 is one girl whose family believes in the value of education. This is a day in the life of Josiane who attends a community school in her village.
Since 1996, UNICEF has assisted the country in the setting up of 23 community schools in the provinces of Nana-Grebizi (Centre) and Ouham (North), in order to enable children out of the formal system to go to school and have a better start in life.
Watch a multimedia slide show about a day in the life of Josiane, by turning up your speakers and clicking the link to the right.