Education is extraordinary. It is the key that unlocks doors. Unleashes potential. Unlocks dreams. And when a girl is educated, not only is she given choices for her future and opportunities that can change her life – she can change the world.
But right now there are more than 130 million girls around the world not in school. We know that gender discrimination disproportionately impacts girls globally because there are a range of unique barriers that stop them from accessing and completing their primary and secondary education. And the pandemic has only made this worse.
In 2020, it is estimated that up to 20 million secondary school-aged girls were pushed out of school as a result of COVID-19. And coupled with the already existing barriers they face to education, this has threatened to undo the years of progress and hard-won gains we’ve made for development and gender equality.
But we know that education is the key to a future where all children around the world have choices and opportunities in life. That’s why we cannot afford to wait on getting girls back to school – we must act now to make sure that girls are not left behind as we build back from COVID-19. Together we can create a world where all children can live happy and healthy lives, and where girls can take their rightful place as equals. Because a better now for her means a better future for everyone.
Help us drive long-term change for girls and their entire communities by joining Change for Girls and support our work with parents and communities to raise awareness about the importance of girls’ education.