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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.


Girls' education and gender equality
Learn the benefits of investing in gender equality, how GPE supports inclusive and equitable quality education, as well as the results it has achieved.
Girls' education and gender equality
Breaking down the barriers to girls' education
Explore the challenges that girls in developing countries face to get an education and the benefits that educating girls brings.
Breaking down the barriers to girls' education
At a Glance
At a glance: Gender equality policy and strategy 2016–2020
This document demonstrates the importance that GPE places on gender equality in and through strong education systems in developing countries.
Gender equality policy and strategy 2016 - 2020

The challenge

  • Women represent nearly two thirds of the world's illiterate
  • 61 million girls of primary and lower-secondary school age are out of school
  • 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


GPE's response

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
  • 69% of girls in GPE partner developing countries finished primary school in 2013, compared to 56% in 2002. (GPE calculations based on UIS data)
  • In 2013, 91 girls for every 100 boys completed primary school compared to 81 girls in 2002. (GPE calculations based on UIS data)
  • The number of girls out of school of primary and lower secondary school age has dropped by 22% between 2000 and 2013 in GPE partner developing countries. (GPE calculations based on UNESCO Institute for Statistics data)
  • 31 GPE partner countries are close to or have achieved gender parity, or have more girls completing primary school than boys. (GPE calculations based on UIS 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