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Boris Johnson says girls’ education key to ending poverty

Sean Coughlan, BBC News |

The prime minister said the international target of ensuring all girls can have 12 years of good quality education would be the “simplest and most transformative thing we can do” to tackle poverty and to “end the scourge of gender-based violence”.

He once described it as the “Swiss army knife” of development, as getting girls to stay in education could avoid early marriage, improve their chances of getting a job and provide more income for children to be better fed.

The prime minister has announced MP Helen Grant as a special envoy for efforts to support girls’ education. It is expected to be a key theme of the UK’s presidency this year of the G7 group of major industrial countries.

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