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Aishetu knows that without school, her life chances would likely be confined to herding, farming, getting married and having a lot of children.On this International Day of the Girl, Aishetu stands as proof of the difference that education can make for girls and the people around them.But the struggles that Aishetu overcame also remind us that education remains beyond reach for far too many girls.Consider one appalling statistic: The number of girls not attending school, despite having fallen by 40 percent since 2000, still stands at 130 million. Shockingly, the share of donor countries' overseas development aid that is allocated for education has shrunk over the last six years, and is now smaller than it was in 2010 .With sufficient funding, GPE can support the education needs of 870 million children in more than 80 countries. And it can help developing countries build education systems that will give girls like Aishetu the chance to realize their potential. When girls and women are empowered through education, they can and do transform the world for the better.
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