Since 2002, good progress has been achieved to boost girls' enrollment in school. However, an estimated 129 million girls worldwide remain out of school and face multiple barriers to education.
These include distance to school, cultural norms and practices, school-related gender-based violence and early or forced marriage. Boys and girls face barriers to getting a good education in conflict-affected areas where safety and security can be compromised, and in households that depend on their labor or income.
The economic costs of not educating girls are colossal. Limited educational opportunities for girls are costing countries between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in lost lifetime productivity and earnings.
Keeping girls in school and ensuring they can learn in a safe and supportive environment leads to many benefits for girls themselves, their families, their communities and societies.
GPE harnesses the collective power of the partnership to secure political and financial support for gender-responsive education systems.
GPE harnesses the collective power of the partnership to put gender equality at the heart of national education systems so that all girls and boys have the chance to learn and thrive.
GPE in action
GPE believes that all girls and boys should be educated, healthy and safe, and it has taken bold steps to realize this vision by:
Hardwiring gender equality into everything we do: This means helping partner countries diagnose and address gender inequalities.
Investing in gender equality: GPE mobilizes financing and partnerships to help partner countries improve equity, gender equality and inclusion in education. The Girls’ Education Accelerator provides additional funding to speed up progress and dismantle barriers to girls’ schooling. At least 33 GPE grants totaling US$1.5 billion supplement domestic investments in gender equality. These include funding gender-responsive strategies for girls’ education, including awareness-raising campaigns, community gender training, female teacher recruitment and separate toilets, among others.
Putting gender equality at the heart of education systems: GPE helps partner countries use data and evidence to identify gender barriers within education systems and ensure that plans, strategies and policies are in place to address them. Together with the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, GPE has developed guidelines to support gender-responsive education sector analysis and planning.
Sharing knowledge and innovation: Gender equality is one of KIX’s six thematic areas, with a focus on capacity development and knowledge exchange, evidence and evaluation, and identification of innovative pilots with potential for scale-up.
Tackling school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV): Recognizing the prevalence of SRGBV and its impact on girls' education, GPE has funded a global literature review on SRGBV and support to four countries (Ethiopia, Zambia, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire) to better understand the nature and incidence of SRGBV, examine effective approaches to address it and support countries' design strategies and interventions.
Putting gender equality and girls' education on the world stage: GPE has helped elevate girls’ education in key global settings. At global and regional levels, GPE works with a wide range of partners across sectors to galvanize political support for girls’ education and gender equality. GPE also works with partners in other sectors, including health, to promote improved health outcomes and better learning.