Educating girls and women is the most effective way to improve the lives of families and bring economic development to poor communities worldwide. Yet girls and women face numerous barriers to accessing education and staying in school once enrolled.
We work with local partners to design, manage, and evaluate community-based initiatives to advance the education of girls and women, both formal (in-school) and non-formal (alternative or out-of-school).
Vulnerable girls need comprehensive wrap-around supports to succeed in school. We train teachers and school leaders in gender-sensitive education approaches and sexual abuse prevention to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in school. We also develop early warning systems to identify girls at risk of dropping out and provide the assistance to retain them in school. Outside school, we provide positive parenting and economic strengthening programs to reduce poverty stressors that often force girls out of school. And we support the girls themselves with knowledge and life skills to navigate harmful gender norms and access services.
Around the world, we also support women’s groups that build literacy and numeracy skills. By improving foundational learning and educational opportunities, we help women develop skills to make informed decisions for themselves and their families and influence community change. These programs relate to some of the most profound challenges of our time: population growth, HIV, peace and security, and the widening gap between the rich and poor.
Your donation today can change a girl’s life. Act now to support girls’ and women’s education.