Small stipends make a big difference in the lives of schoolgirls in NigerListen /
Investing in girls' education is one of the ways to contribute to our common future, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message on the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October.
The Secretary-General says empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for all humanity.
In Niger, where one-third of girls are married before they turn 15, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is sponsoring a scholarship programme which keeps girls in school while providing their guardians with a small income.
Dianne Penn reports.