March 2017. Primary school Dhamma Yasin Arsan. Somalia has one of the worlds lowest enrolment rates for primary school-aged children. Only thirty per cent of children is going to school. and only 40 per cent of these are girls. Not even twenty per cent children from countryside attends schools. Extremely high rates of poverty in communities across Somalia make it difficult for parents to pay school fees. Very often parents are must pay for their childrens education. Poverty is the main reason they give for not sending their children to school. schools have great difficulties to cover their running costs. Girls participation in education is  lower than that for boys. Fewer than 50 per cent of girls attend primary school.  literate. The low availability of sanitation facilities- like separate latrines for girls and lack of female teachers plus safety concerns and social norms that favour boys education are factors inhibiting parents from enrolling their daughters in school. Nomadic pastoralists is high number  in Somalia. Children in these communities are often denied their rights for education. In Somalia, many children attending primary school start school  later than the recommended starting age of 6.  High numbers of children 14-17 years old attending primary school. Unemployment in Somalia is among the highest in the world. (Photo by Maciej Moskwa/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Over the next five years, the UK wants to see 20 million more girls able to read by the age of 10. The UK and Kenya are co-hosting the Global Education Summit in London in July. Getty Images

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