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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Persuasive evidence demonstrates that gender equality in education is central
to economic development. Despite more than two decades of accumulated knowledge
and evidence of what works in improving gender equality, progress on the ground
remains slow and uneven across countries. What is missing? Given that education
is a critical path to accelerate progress toward gender equality and the
empowerment of women, what is holding us back? These questions were discussed
at the global symposium Education: A Critical Path to Gender Equality and Women
s Empowerment, which was sponsored by the World Bank in October 2007. Girls
Education in the 21st Century is based on background papers developed for the
symposium. The book s chapters reflect the current state of knowledge on
education from a gender perspective and highlight the importance of, and
challenges to, female education, as well as the interdependence of education
and development objectives. The last chapter presents five strategic directions
for advancing gender equality in education and their implications for World
Bank operations. Girls Education in the 21st Century will be of particular
interest to researchers, educators, school administrators, and policy makers at
the global, national, regional, and municipal levels.