Overview

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."

The Challenge

  • Women represent nearly two thirds of the world's illiterate
  • 31 million girls 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 We Focus on Girls

Educating girls has benefits not just for themselves but also for their families, communities and countries. With a quality education, girls can make informed choices, improving their country's social and economic well-being by promoting the health and welfare of the next generation.

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.

Our Response

For ten-year-old Bontu, reading has unlocked a world of riddles. When she is not fetching water and firewood for her family or helping her mother prepare breakfast for her five siblings, she loves reading and telling riddles. One of her favorites is about an orange: “Two saw the orange, 10 touched it and 32 consumed it, how did this happen?” (The answer: The eyes are the two that saw, the fingers are the ten that touched, and the teeth are the 32 that consumed the orange). 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
  • Increase gender parity and enrollment overall
  • Provide strong incentives, technical and financial support to developing country partners, to include gender strategies in their education plans
  • Support the enrollment of out-of-school girls into primary school
  • Ensure that girls make the crucial transition from primary to secondary school

Results

  • GPE partners have helped enroll approximately 10 million girls in school
  • 69% of girls in GPE countries now finish primary school, compared to 56% in 2002 (upcoming 2014 Results for Learning Report)
  • 28 GPE partner countries are close to or have achieved gender parity, or have more girls completing primary school than boys. (2013 Results for Learning Report)

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Meet Our Expert

Aya Kibesaki
Senior Country Operations Officer