For many little ones, and ones not-so-little-anymore, it is time for back to school. The anticipation of kinder-gardeners to second year university students is a mix of excited and nervous energy.
Heading back to school looks different around the world. In many places the excitement and anticipation is only for boys, as 65 million girls across the globe will not set foot in school.
Here are five things you didn't know about girls' education around the world:
1. Thirty-one million girls of primary school age are excluded from classroom learning, leaving them without fundamentals for future education.
2. Two-thirds of those who can't read or write around the world - 493 million people - are women.
3. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5 and an educated mother is twice as likely to send her girls to school.
4. One-third of girls in developing countries are married before the age of 18, but when a girl remains in secondary school, she is six times less likely to marry young.
5. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult, building her independence and raising the local and global economies.
Sources: UNESCO, UNICEF, The World Bank
As you shop for school supplies and plan school lunches and schedules, consider also adding to your shopping list to send a girl to school. Or purchase a school uniform or schoolbooks for a girl, as sometimes the barrier to school is as simple as not having a uniform.
Wishing you an enlightening and educational back-to-school season, for both girls and boys alike.