Girls' Education


Girls' Education
The Global Partnership works to ensure that more girls enroll in school and receive a good quality education.

Girls' education is the second strategic objective of GPE for 2012-2015.

GPE wants:

"All girls in GPE-endorsed countries to successfully complete primary school and go on to secondary school in a safe, supportive, learning environment."


Success Story
Expanding Education Opportunities for Girls in South Sudan
Expanding Education Opportunities for Girls in South Sudan
Moving Beyond Access for Girls' Education
Moving Beyond Access for Girls' Education
GPE and girls' education
GPE and Girls' Education

The challenge

  • Women represent nearly two thirds of the world's illiterate
  • 31 million girls of primary school age are still out of school around the world
  • The completion rates and learning levels of girls are lower than those of boys
  • Participation of girls in school decreases as they progress through the education system
  • Too many girls in developing countries are still shut out of school, denying them their fundamental right to education.

Why GPE focuses on girls' education

Investing in Girls' Education Delivers Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

There is vast evidence suggesting that countries with better gender equality and less gender disparity in primary and secondary education are more likely to have higher economic growth. Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. An educated female population increases a country's productivity and fuels economic growth.

More educated women tend to be healthier, work and earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children. Girls' education literally saves millions of lives, according to UNICEF.

GPE response

Bontu regularly borrows books from her local Literacy Boost Book Bank, a mobile library in her village of Boda, Ethiopia supported by Save the Children. She likes to read with her reading buddy, Kebenu, a 10-year-old boy who lives nearby. (c) Katherine Brown, United States

We support developing country partners to:

  • Increase gender parity and enrollment overall
  • Provide strong incentives, technical and financial support to include gender strategies in education sector plans
  • Support the enrollment of out-of-school girls into primary school
  • Ensure that girls make the crucial transition from primary to secondary school.


  • GPE partners have helped to enroll approximately 11.7 million girls in school since 2003
  • 69% of girls in GPE countries now finish primary school, compared to 56% in 2002
  • In 2012, 89 girls for every 100 boys completed primary school, compared to 81 girls for every 100 boys in 2002
  • The number of girls out of school has dropped by 30% between 2000 and 2012 in GPE partner countries
  • 28 GPE partner countries are close to or have achieved gender parity, or have more girls completing primary school than boys.

Source: 2014/2015 Results for Learning Report and 2013 Results for Learning Report

GPE commitments to girls' education initiatives

The Global Partnership for Education supports other organizations and agencies in their efforts to promote girls' education around the world.

LEFT BEHIND - Girls' Education in Africa

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