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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 measures of education outcomes they plan to use to evaluate the success of United Kingdom efforts to ensure that more girls receive a quality education in the developing world.

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 committed to helping retain girls in education through to lower secondary. Completion of a full cycle of primary education will be tracked, as a key indicator, in each of our partner countries where we have education programmes. We recognise the importance of ensuring that girls and boys are not just in school, but learning. DfID is already working with partner governments to measure early grade reading as a proxy for learning in many of the countries in which we have education programmes.

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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