Girls' Education

Sisters

In Malawi, 45% of adolescent girls with no education become pregnant, but with a secondary education, the number is reduced to 4%. Through the Community Score Card process, the community identified the need to create a Youth Club to tackle the issue of adolescent pregnancy.

"I want to learn, but it’s hard…”

Navigating adolescence is hard; the challenges that girls and boys face as they transition from childhood to adulthood are unique. Luckily, we know how to help make it a little easier.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Rwanda

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) sits down with CARE beneficiary Lucie Mukamama, a member of CARE’s Keeping Girls at School program, a girls’ mentorship program in Rwanda that teaches life skills, leadership training and important savings skills.

Hungry to Learn

Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education.

Making an Impact on Girl's Eduaction

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at "The United State of Women Dinner" surrounding the commitments girls' education around the globe.

Catherine's Youth

Complications in pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. With CARE's help, one community in Malawi formed a Youth Club to help adolescent girls learn about safe motherhood.

Overcoming the Barriers

Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education.

CARE implements gender-synchronized approaches: projects may begin with identifying and addressing the unique barriers that keep girls out of school, while at the same time working with boys and men to help identify and address such barriers. Other projects may engage both girls and boys from inception, to build equitable environments through which all students can learn, thrive and grow.

 

STEAL THESE STATS

Share the facts about girls' education.

#StealTheseStats w/@CARE32 million girls are currently out of school.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREA child of a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive to age 5.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREA woman’s earnings will be 10-20% higher for every year of school completed.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREChildren with educated mothers are 2x as likely to go to school.
#StealTheseStats w/@CARESome 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries acquired basic reading skills.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREOver the past four decades, the global increase in women’s education has prevented more than 4 million child deaths.
#StealTheseStats w/@CARESome countries lose more than US$1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREGetting all children into basic education, while raising learning standards, could boost growth by 2% annually in low-income countries.

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Saved By Lunch

In Haiti, healthier kids are learning more and have begun to imagine a brighter future.

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Dressing for Success

In Bangladesh, CARE stitches learning into the lives of kids & parents.

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Invest in a Girl's Future

Girls’ education is the single best investment we can make to fight poverty.

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Girls' Leadership Development in Action

CARE’s Experience from the Field 

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Read This!

The Real Story on the Life of Brender Mukamana 

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Read This!

Olima Wo Suka: The Sound of Progress

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Somali Girls Education Programme

The Barrier of Affording School Uniforms

Many girls miss out on an education because they can’t afford the uniforms required to attend school.

The Barrier of Child Marriage

Girls are entering into early marriages at an alarming rate.  They are often married early to alleviate their family’s financial burden, far before they are ready for marriage physically and mentally. Learn more by watching the video below.

The Barrier of Workload

CARE’s research studies identified that girls can have six times higher domestic workloads than boys their same age. As a result, girls often miss class and/or arrive late to school, missing critical learning hours.

The Barrier of Gender

Because girls generally have a lower social status than their brothers, their education is valued less.  When resources are scarce, and there are both real and opportunity costs associated with going to school, many families opt to educate their boys over their girls.

The Barrier of Language

Girls can often be discouraged from attending school because classes may be taught in a different language than families use at home. This video documents the opportunities opened up for one girl through CARE's programs in Cambodia.

The Barrier of Violence

Safety remains a critical barrier for girls to attend school.  If the journey to school and the school environment are not safe, parents will not enroll their daughters, and girls will not attend.

The Barrier of Conflict

Education can be a life-saving resource that reestablishes a vulnerable child’s sense of normalcy and builds self-esteem and hope for the future. Many experts consider education an essential humanitarian response to complex emergencies, closely following food, water and shelter.

The Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Child Marriage

Learn more about this staggering barrier to education.

Newsroom

Joyce Adolwa, CARE’s director of education programming, spoke to Rollingout.com about her role at the first-ever United State of Women Summit.

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) – CARE, the global poverty-fighting organization, today announced a new commitment to educate three million girls in seven countries at the...

New strategy will empower girls by helping prevent the harmful practice of child marriage  

Take Action

Every girl forced out of the classroom is a girl we have failed. Ask your members of Congress to support the Education for All Act today!

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