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Gender divide
Boys and girls are often treated very differently in Africa.

Girls work, boys study

In areas where there are water shortages, it's usually the girls who have to trek for miles each day to collect it, while the boys might go to school.

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Girls as young as 10 sometimes have to collect the water for their whole family.

Because the girls carry such heavy pots of water, which damages their necks and back, this can lead to them having terrible problems later in life.

Girls who go out every morning to get water often can't go to school.

Malawi example

  • 20% females cannot read or write

  • 4% girls have a secondary education and

  • 28% girls and 50% boys have under four years of schooling.

Find out how one girl dances to pay for her education in Newsround, Tuesday 28 January BBC One at 5.25pm.


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