50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Gender should not be a factor in education.

03/08/2016 07:03 am ET
Konzept Und Bild/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images
All children should have the right to get an education -- no matter their gender. 

Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. Of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are women. There are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys. 

Why does this matter? Research shows that educating girls can save millions of lives, including the lives of young girls around the world. 

The statistics are startling: If every woman around the globe had a primary and secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving 3 million people. A girl with eight years of education is four times less likely to marry as a child. If a girl earned just one extra year of education, she can earn 20 percent more as an adult. 

To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, we've rounded up 50 photos of girls going to school around the world.

The photos feature girls of all ages from China, Palestine, Kenya and more, getting an education. Whether they're walking to school with friends or excited about learning something new in class, these photos are proof that all children should have the right to get an education, no matter their gender. 

  • 1 China
    Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
  • Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014.
  • 2 India
    Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images
  • Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photo was taken on October 29, 2014.
  • 3 Iran
    Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
  • Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer's and cameramen's access to cover parliament's open sessions in Tehran on February 27, 2013.
  • 4 Brazil
    Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images
  • Girls attend a class at a school in the forest in Xapuri, Acre State, in northwestern Brazil, on October 8, 2014.
  • 5 Afghanistan
    Sham Marai/AFP/Getty Images
  • Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on May 7, 2013.
  • 6 Russia
    Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images
  • High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes in Moscow's Red Square on May 25, 2011.
  • 7 Haiti
    Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images
  • Brazilian UN peacekeepers distribute juice and crackers to students at the Immaculate Conception School February 6, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • 8 England
    Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
  • Withington Independent Girls School students celebrate getting good grades on their A level exams on August 15, 2013 in Manchester, England.
  • 9 Pakistan
    A. Majeed/AFP/Getty Images
  • Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012.
  • 10 Kenya
    Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
  • Schoolgirls participate in a lesson in Kilifi, Kenya on June 31, 2010. The students are part of an initiative called "Moving the Goalspost" which sponsors female students from the Kilifi district where drop-out rates are high due to early marriages, teen pregnancy and a traditional bias towards educating male siblings over female. 
  • 11 Sri Lanka
    Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images
  • Sri Lankan Muslim school girls stand on the edge of a sea port in Colombo on May 20, 2013, after traveling from their town of Kalmunai, over 231 miles away. 
  • 12 Cambodia
    Stephen Jaffe/IMF Photograph/Getty Images
  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde watches school girls in the computer room at Toutes a l'Ecole school on December 3, 2013 in Kandal province, Cambodia.
  • 13 South Korea
    Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images
  • Students take the annual Scolastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on November 13, 2014.
  • 14 Central African Republic
    Thomas Koehler/Photothek/Getty Images
  • A student stands in a classroom at a school in the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic on March 12, 2014.
  • 15 Indonesia
    Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images
  • Two Islamic school children prepare for prayer during a school trip in Jakarta on October 18, 2012.
  • 16 Cuba
    STR/AFP/Getty Images
  • Cuban schoolgirls read during class on November 13, 2012 in Havana.
  • 17 North Korea
    Eric Lafforgue/Getty Images
  • Primary School students in North Korea on May 16, 2009.
  • 18 Iraq
    Tauseef Mustafa/Getty Images
  • Iraqi school girls walk home in Tikrit on September 22, 2005.
  • 19 Ecuador
    Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
  • Girls pose at a rural school at La Palizada in Tulcan, Carchi province, in Ecuador close to the Colombian border on November 7, 2012.
  • 20 China
    Liu Jin/Getty Images
  • A class of students run during a physical training exercise at the temporary campus of the "Walking School" of Xu Xiangyang Education and Training Group on December 22, 2005, on the outskirts of China's southwestern city of Chengdu.
  • 21 Kosovo
    Chris Hondros/Getty Images
  • A Kosovo Albanian girl answers a question in a sociology class at Sami Frasheri high school in Pristina, March 2007. (At the time Kosovo was in the process of formalizing its independence from Serbia.)
  • 22 Zimbabwe
    Raphael Huenerfauth/Photothek/Getty Images
  • A young schoolgirl listens to a concert at the Glen Forest Development Centre on December 3, 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • 23 Germany
    Konzept Und Bild/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images
  • Students of the 7th and 8th classes swimming during a school triathlon on June 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
  • 24 The United States
    Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
  • Westminster High School Future Farmers of America students cuddle their pigs in between grooming and preparing them to be shown in competition at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California.
  • 25 China
    China Photos/Getty Images
  • Students read outdoors at the Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School on April 21, 2006 in Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. The Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School, established in 2005, was built to provide free education for impoverished female students in pasturing areas. The school currently has about 96 students and 10 teachers, teaching Tibetan, Chinese, mathematics, art and other courses.
  • 26 Haiti
    Eye Ubiquitous/UIG/Getty Images
  • School children in uniform play in Isla de Laganave, Haiti.
  • 27 Nepal
    Education Images/UIG/Getty Images
  • School girls in orange uniforms walk to school along a trail around Manaslu Trek, Nepal.
  • 28 Bangladesh
    Majority World/UIG/Getty Images
  • Children learning their lessons at home, in a village in Netrok.
  • 29 Cuba
    Konzept Und Bild/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images
  • School girls wearing school uniforms on the way home on June 1, 2009 in Trinidad, Cuba.
  • 30 Afghanistan
    Wally Skalij/Getty Images
  • ––Afghani girls raise their hands to answer a question in math class. ––
    H'mong students exercise at Hoang Thu Pho primary school in Bac Ha, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
    Engineering students react as the small bridge they built in class finally crushes in a stress test in McLean, Virginia. 
    A girl goes to primary school in Bangladesh in 2007.
    Girls hug each other on the first day of school outside the European School of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France on September 1, 2015.
    Students in school uniforms pose for a photo on September 29, 2015 in Beira, Mozambique.
    Palestinian school girls walk during a sandstorm in Gaza City on September 9, 2015.
    Yemeni girls listen to their teacher on their fist day of school at a public institution in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 1, 2015.
    Students wearing traditional hanbok dresses bow as they attend a graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at the Dongmyeong girl's high school in Seoul on February 12, 2015.
    Indian schoolchildren pray during morning assembly at their school in Shimla on December 17, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar.
    Children play during a break after returning to school following a two-months strike of teachers due to criminal threats, in Acapulco, Mexico on January 27, 2015.
    Yemeni schoolgirls attend an anti-mine and unexploded ordnance awareness campaign in a school in Sanaa on December 17, 2014.
    A young Bangladeshi school girl.
    Students listen to instructions during a coding class at The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria in New York on September 17, 2015.
    School girls head home through their cocoa-producing village on November 11, 2015 in Akyekyere, Ghana.
    Young female students in a "pondok," a school providing general and religious studies on June 29, 2015 in Narathiwat, Thailand.
    Student walk to school the rain in June 2013 in Kyoto, Japan.
    A young student from Malabar Public School reads on a beanbag at her school on July 19, 2006.
    A girls' track team runs through traffic as they travel to McKinley High School where they practice on May 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.
    Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.
    Cadets laugh on the bench in the garden of the Defence Ministry Girls Boarding School on September 9, 2008, in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Medvedev took the decision in January 2008 to create an academy for the daughters of Russian servicemen serving far away from the capital, without the opportunity for a good education and for those who lost their father in post-Soviet armed conflicts.

Also on HuffPost

39 Stunning Images Celebrating Women's Work Around The World

CONVERSATIONS