Education has unrivalled power to reduce extreme poverty and boost wider development goals, according to highlights pre-released from Unesco's next Education for All Global Monitoring Report. The highlights provide fresh proof that investing in education, especially for girls, alleviates extreme poverty through securing substantial benefits for health and productivity, as well as democratic participation and women's empowerment. Pauline Rose, director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, Unesco, said: "It is a crime that there are over a million girls still out of school in India. On October 11, more than any other day, I hope the government recognises the importance of investing in education for these children. Not only is investing in girls' education a moral obligation, but it is also essential if the country wants to break free of its high child and maternal mortality rates and find true prosperity in the future."