Girls’ education is globally recognized as the key to achieving gender equality, however it is not a silver bullet. The Education 2030 Agenda recognizes that gender equality requires an approach that ‘ensures that girls and boys, women and men not only gain access to and complete education cycles, but are empowered equally in and through education.’
To achieve SDG 4, we must not only focus on access to girls’ education but more importantly ensure that girls remain in school, develop as learners, and are able to transition to employment or further education.
For this to happen, young women require support outside of the education system, which requires increased financing for the systems and structures that support girls’ education.
A study of adolescent girls in 4 countries
In October 2020, AMPLIFY launched a four-country study in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda that focused on adolescent girls and community-driven organizations. The study aims to understand the barriers adolescent girls face when returning to school post COVID-19 and ways to overcome those barriers.
This research provides an in-depth assessment at community level of the barriers that threaten to curtail the education of adolescent girls while collating regional evidence on best-practice interventions.
At the highest level, our findings indicate that girls’ experiences of the pandemic are multi-faceted, multi-layered and precipitate acute feelings of isolation, fear and hopelessness about the future.