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Basic education and gender equality

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Third-grade students undertake a group assignment in Lyndhurst Primary School in Estcourt, South Africa.

In Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), the official primary net enrolment rate stands at 89 percent for boys and 86 percent for girls.

However, there are wide variations between countries, ranging from 37 percent for boys and 34 percent for girls in Eritrea to 98 percent for both boys and girls in Tanzania.

For secondary education, rates are significantly lower. The regional averages for enrolment are 32 and 29 percent for boys and girls, respectively, and an even smaller proportion actually attends school (23 percent of both boys and girls).







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