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UNICEF: Girls Still Lag Behind Boys in School Access

The gender gap for education between boys and girls is narrowing around the world, UNICEF says, but as many as 115 million children - the majority of whom are girls - still do not attend school.

The United Nations Children's Fund says in a report Monday that it examined educational systems in 180 countries, and found there was "gender parity" - equal opportunity for both boys and girls - in 125 of them.

Worldwide, UNICEF's "Progress for Children" report says, 96 girls for every 100 boys are allowed, or are able, to attend primary school.

However, the U.N. agency says three regions - the Middle East and North Africa, southern Asia, and the west-central area of the African continent - have fallen dramatically behind. Yemen, Niger and Chad have fewer than 70 girls in school for every 100 boys.

The United Nations has set 2015 as a target year for achieving full gender equality and universal primary education availability.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.