Girls' Education

Hungry To Learn

Children are naturally hungry to learn, but face daunting barriers to attending school, especially girls. CARE works to address the roots of those impediments as a way to increase learning opportunities.

CARE in the News

CARE talks with local news stations about the fate of over 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls.

Keep Girls in the Picture

Without school, a girl’s future fades away. Learn about barriers to girls’ education with our video yearbook and stories.

One person. One gift. One world without poverty.

See how one gift can change a girl’s life and the lives of those around her. 

Eulalia's Journey to School

Every week, Eulalia, 9, travels from her remote mountaintop home to a village boarding school for children of alpaca shepherds. 

Meet Senna

In a gritty mountain village in the Peru's Puno province, Senna, 14, attends a high school supported by CARE. She shares her story in Girl Rising, a film by 10x10.

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.



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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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 Poor Sanitation

Improved sanitation can keep a girl in school by making facilities available to her when she reaches puberty.

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.


First lady Michelle Obama is traveling in Asia this week to promote a new initiative with the Peace Corps aimed at closing the education gap for girls.

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2015) — More than 50 years after former President John F.

Across the globe, students stocked up on fresh supplies and caught up with old classmates last week. But for 31 million girls, there were no teachers to meet, no first-...

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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