a poor family has to pay even a small amount (such as for
books and paper) for a child's schooling, it may think twice.
A family might think that a daughter can help around the house
to clean and cook, to collect wood and water, and look after
younger children. Even if she does go to school, the family
might consider how little opportunity there will be for her
to get a paying job. Part of the decision is also based on
the idea that sons should be educated, because they will be
the breadwinners of their future families and the supporters
of their aging parents.
A girl's work,
though it may be longer and harder, is considered less likely
to bring in monetary income. In cities everywhere, the number
of girls and boys in schools is more even than in rural areas;
and there are more girls out of school in developing countries
than in industrialized ones.
Take a look at who's in school around the world: