1. Assume the role of a village elder and write a short paragraph to explain why you think it is important to educate girls as well as boys to at least secondary level in your community.
2. The table below shows the percentage of boys and girls that attend secondary school in different countries of the South. These are divided into three regions, Central & South America, Africa and Asia.
|Country||Male (%)||Female (%)|
|Central and South America|
|Congo Dem. Rep.||32||19|
Source : UNICEF "State of the World's Children 1999"
d) Construct two bar graphs to present the data for boys and girls that attend secondary school.
e) Describe the differences between the different regions in terms of the percentages of boys and girls attending secondary school. Are there any exceptions to the overall patterns that you have identified?
3. As more boys
and girls attend school, there should be more career opportunities in skilled
work, generating more money for the country as a whole and so the Gross National
Product (GNP) per capita should increase.
To test the hypothesis, "As education levels improve, GNP increases too", study the data below which shows the percentage of teenagers who attend secondary school and the Gross National Product per capita for the same countries as question 2.
a) Use the data to construct a scatter graph to see whether there is a relationship between secondary school attendance and GNP per capita. Use the x axis for secondary school attendance and the y axis for GNP per capita.
b) Does your graph show that there is a statistical relationship between secondary school attendance and GNP per capita? Are there any countries that do not fit into the overall trend?
|Country||% attending secondary school||GNP per capita ($) 1998|
|Congo Dem Rep||37||110|
The World Bank: "World Development Indicators 2000"