Let's read Maya's Story:
My name is
Maya. I was born 14 years ago in a poor peasant family. There
were already many children so when I was born no one was happy.
When I was still very little, I learned to help my mother
and elder sisters with domestic chores. I swept the floor,
washed clothes and carried water and firewood. Some of my
friends played outside but I could not join them. I was very
happy when I was allowed to go to school. I made new friends
there and learned to read and write. But when I reached the
fourth grade, my parents stopped my education. My father said
there was no money to pay the fees. Also, I was needed at
home to help my mother and the others. If I were a boy, my
parents would have let me complete school. My elder brother
finished school and now works in an office in the capital.
Two of my younger brothers go to school. Maybe they, too,
are 130 million children worldwide who are not in school.
Two out of every three of these are girls.
During the past
two decades there has been a great increase in the proportion
of girls enrolled in schools in developing countries: the
percentage of girls in school shot up from 38 to 78 percent.