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close this bookThe Courier N 180 - April - May, 2000 - Dossier: Tropical Forests - Country Reports: Ghana - Italy - Mauritius (EC Courier, 2000, 94 p.)
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This little girl in Ghana is about three years old, and she is already learning to help out. This very usefulness may be a hindrance to her, because, as she progresses in school, she is much more likely to drop out than her brother. She will probably stay at home and help run the family. The Education Ministry is trying to target this imbalance, and has established a Girls' Education Unit, with special workshops, where girls can meet successful women in science and technology, and get extra tuition and encouragement.

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Front: a large fig tree (Ficus) left unfelled in logged-over forest in the high altitude Mau region on the western flank of Kenya's Rift Valley

Back: bright red fruits of Pseudobotrya in Korup rainforest, Cameroon

Photographs: Glyn Davies

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