Girls' Education


Girls' Education

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

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.


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

The challenge

GPE's response

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

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

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.


  • 69% of girls in GPE countries now finish primary school, compared to 54% in 2000 (2014/2015 Results for Learning Report)
  • In 2012, 89 girls for every 100 boys completed primary school, compared to 81 girls for every 100 boys in 2002 (2014/2015 Results for Learning Report)
  • The number of girls out of school has dropped by 30% between 2000 and 2012 in GPE partner countries
  • 31 GPE partner countries are close to or have achieved gender parity, or have more girls completing primary school than boys. (GPE compilation based on UNESCO Institute for Statistics data)

GPE's 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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Senior Country Operations Officer