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Education: Girls

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the quality of teaching in countries in which they have a bilateral aid programme in order to ensure that more girls stay in school and complete their education.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development (DfID) is placing the empowerment of girls and women at the heart of the UK's development policy. An additional year of female schooling reduces the probability of child mortality by 5 to 10 per cent and increases female earnings by 10 to 20 per cent.

DfID is supporting all countries where we have education programmes to develop plans for recruiting, training and retaining teachers. DfID provides technical expertise and guidance to partner countries to help ensure that teacher training is of high quality and that teachers are responsive to the needs of all their students, especially girls.

As stated in UK Aid: Changing Lives, Delivering Results we pledge to support at least 9 million children in primary school, over half of whom will be girls, and 2 million children in secondary school by 2014.

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