We have a vision that all girls will have access to a quality education and opportunities for lifelong learning by 2030. All girls have the right to a quality, safe, formal education, access to lifelong learning and the opportunity to develop the skills they need to get good jobs. There are currently 100 million girls in low and lower-middle income countries who cannot read a single sentence. Yet, evidence shows that for every year of education a girl completes, her future income increases by more than 10%. In addition, there are 600 million young people between 15-24 worldwide – mostly girls and young women – who are not employed, or receiving education or training. As a result, they are at risk of entering unstable, low-paid jobs or having no work at all.
For every year of education a girl completes, her future income increases by more than 10% Progress is being made in getting girls to attend and complete primary school. However, by the end of 2015, there were fewer girls than boys at secondary school in more than half of all countries. One in 5 adolescent girls across the world is out of school. The constraints of poverty, location, gender stereotypes, social norms and customs can all be barriers preventing girls from getting an education and learning skills. Even when adolescent girls stay in school, their education often fails to equip them with the knowledge they need. Life skills and sexuality education are often missing from the curriculum. However, these areas are critical in providing girls with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their lives and to find good jobs as they become adults.
POWER OF EDUCATION
Education is transformation for girls. It is the key to unlocking their potential. Educated girls are more likely to marry later and have fewer, healthier children. As a result, they have a better chance of staying healthy and remaining alive. When an educated girl grows up, she is more likely to learn new skills, get better jobs and invest her income in sending her children to school. An educated girl will be a force for change in her society, raising the status of girls and women. We have a vision that all girls will have access to a quality education, lifelong learning and equal economic opportunities by 2030. This matches the ambitious targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. We are committed to achieving this by working to ensure free and equal access to quality, safe education, including in emergencies. We advocate at global and national level to ensure that discrimination doesn’t stand between girls and their right to an education. We are also working alongside partners to develop a report which will track the implementation of the global goals and hold governments to account on the promises they have made.