Essay on The Current State Of Women 's Education

1629 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Education plays an integral role in economic and social development. Increasing access to education has been a major goal in the policies of developing countries. This is because these developing countries recognize that if more of the population is educated, health and productivity significantly improves. When both men and women receive the opportunity to attend school, progress happens at a faster rate. Unfortunately, millions of women in developing countries are underrepresented in school enrollment. The consequences of under educating women goes far beyond individual being, it also affects national wellbeing and development. In this paper, I will analyze the current state of women’s education in two regions; Sub Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. I will review the extent of the gender gap and its implications. My research will begin by assessing the reasons why there is such a huge disparity in educational attainment in developing countries. The reasons may vary from region to region and even country to country. For instance, if the environment where the educational decisions are made are considered, the costs and benefits of educating women may vary based on gender. Another major reason is poverty, while higher educational attainment amongst women will benefit the public, the costs for educating women are expensive and private. These barriers significantly widen the gender gap in education because they directly contribute to the lack…

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