Girls' Education


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.

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.

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.

The Barrier of Child Marriage

After Mikre escaped child marriage, she was afraid to go to school. But she continued to find a way, making her own school uniforms and joining CARE’s TEFSA program, which teaches students how to save money, and about the importance of education and the dangers of early marriage. 

The Barrier of Workload

Two months before the Syrian war started in 2011, Mariam's husband died - leaving her the sole caregiver of her four children. She had to take her older children out of school in order to help on the farm and to look after the younger children. 

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

Bushra, 17, came to Lebanon with her family to escape conflict in Syria. Determined not to fall behind on her studies, Bushra confronted challenges with Lebanon’s public school system and helped design a program now being implemented by CARE that supports the secondary education of 60 girls at risk of dropping out.


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