WOMEN
03/08/2016 07:03 am ET

50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Gender should not be a factor in education.
All children should have the right to get an education -- no matter their gender. 
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 India
    Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.
    Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times/Getty Images
    Kashmiri school girls playing during recess in Kulhama district, Bandipora on August 11, 2015 in Srinagar, India.
  • 2 China
    Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014.
    Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
    Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014.
  • 3 India
    Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in
    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.
  • 4 Iran
    Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer's and cameramen's access to cover
    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.
  • 5 Hong Kong
    School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on July 4, 2016.
    ANTHONY WALLACE via Getty Images
    School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on July 4, 2016.
  • 6 Brazil
    Girls attend a class at a school in the forest in Xapuri, Acre State, in northwestern Brazil, on October 8, 2014.
    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.
  • 7 Iraq
    An Iraqi school girl walks up the bank of a river after crossing the waterway on a small wooden boat in the district of Al-Mi
    HAIDAR HAMDANI via Getty Images
    An Iraqi school girl walks up the bank of a river after crossing the waterway on a small wooden boat in the district of Al-Mishikhab, some 25 kilometers south of the holy city of Najaf, as they head to school on April 1, 2015. According to Iraqi women in this area boat is one of the only ways for them to travel.
  • 8 Afghanistan
    Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on May 7, 2013.
    Sham Marai/AFP/Getty Images
    Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on May 7, 2013.
  • 9 Kenya
    Two school girls walk towards a commuter train in Kikuyu, Kenya, on September 13, 2016. The railway in Kenya has a long histo
    AFP via Getty Images
    Two school girls walk towards a commuter train in Kikuyu, Kenya, on September 13, 2016. The railway in Kenya has a long history, with the British laying the country's first rail in 1896. 
  • 10 Russia
    High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes in Moscow's Red Square on May 25, 2011.
    Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images
    High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes in Moscow's Red Square on May 25, 2011.
  • 11 Bangladesh
    Savar, Bangladesh - April 13: Girls in school uniform walking along a road after school on April 13, 2016 in Savar, Banglades
    Thomas Trutschel via Getty Images
    Savar, Bangladesh - April 13: Girls in school uniform walking along a road after school on April 13, 2016 in Savar, Bangladesh. 
  • 12 Haiti
    Brazilian UN peacekeepers distribute juice and crackers to students at the Immaculate Conception School February 6, 2013 in P
    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.
  • 13 England
    Withington Independent Girls School students celebrate getting good grades on their A level exams on August 15, 2013 in Manch
    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.
  • 14 Morocco
    A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains sou
    FADEL SENNA via Getty Images
    A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh on March 4, 2016. 
  • 15 Pakistan
    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/malala-yousafza
    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.
  • 16 Kenya
    Schoolgirls participate in a lesson in Kilifi, Kenya on June 31, 2010. The students are part of an initiative called&nbsp;"Mo
    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. 
  • 17 Sri Lanka
    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
    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. 
  • 18 South Korea
    Students take&nbsp;the annual Scolastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on November 13, 2014.
    Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images
    Students take the annual Scolastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on November 13, 2014.
  • 19 Central African Republic
    A student stands in a classroom at a school in&nbsp;the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic on March 12, 2014.
    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.
  • 20 Indonesia
    Two Islamic school children prepare for prayer during a school trip in Jakarta on October 18, 2012.
    Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images
    Two Islamic school children prepare for prayer during a school trip in Jakarta on October 18, 2012.
  • 21 Cuba
    Cuban schoolgirls read during class on November 13, 2012 in Havana.
    STR/AFP/Getty Images
    Cuban schoolgirls read during class on November 13, 2012 in Havana.
  • 22 North Korea
    Primary School students in North Korea on May 16, 2009.
    Eric Lafforgue/Getty Images
    Primary School students in North Korea on May 16, 2009.
  • 23 Iraq
    Iraqi school girls walk home in Tikrit on September 22, 2005.
    Tauseef Mustafa/Getty Images
    Iraqi school girls walk home in Tikrit on September 22, 2005.
  • 24 Ecuador
    Girls pose at a rural school at La Palizada in Tulcan, Carchi province, in Ecuador close to the Colombian border on November
    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.
  • 25 China
    A class of students run during a physical training exercise at the temporary campus of the "Walking School" of Xu Xiangyang E
    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.
  • 26 Kosovo
    A Kosovo Albanian girl answers a question in a sociology class at Sami Frasheri high school in Pristina, March 2007. (At the
    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.)
  • 27 Zimbabwe
    A young schoolgirl listens to a&nbsp;concert at the Glen Forest Development Centre on December 3, 2012 in Harare, 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.
  • 28 Germany
    Students of the 7th and 8th classes swimming during a school triathlon on June 19, 2010 in Berlin, 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.
  • 29 China
    Students read outdoors at the Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School on April 21, 2006 in Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autono
    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.
  • 30 Haiti
    School children in uniform play in Isla de Laganave, Haiti.
    Eye Ubiquitous/UIG/Getty Images
    School children in uniform play in Isla de Laganave, Haiti.
HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
39 Stunning Images Celebrating Women's Work Around The World
CONVERSATIONS