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Keeping girls in the classroom is crucial in the fight to eradicate poverty – and also makes economic sense. The failure of women to finish school costs more than $15tn worldwide in lost lifetime productivity and earnings. In poor countries, 132 million girls between the ages of six and 17 are not being educated. But as the FT’s Andrew Jack explains, even simple measures, such as providing uniforms and transport, or incentives that reward teachers for turning up can have a significant impact.