WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO GIRLS EDUCATION?
What makes the Fund special is our approach – we address all the barriers that prevent girls from accessing and completing a quality education so that they are empowered to pursue lives of their choosing.
The main barriers girls face worldwide include:
Stunted early childhood development
Poor access to clean water & sanitation
Gender-based violence & child marriage
Lack of sexual and reproductive health rights
Poverty & economic hardship
Crises & emergencies
A girl’s education is impacted by all these barriers. But an education also has the power to overcome them.
How has COVID-19 impacted girls’ education?
Since COVID-19 hit in 2020, the scale of global school closures was unprecedented.
More than 20 million girls are expected to lose access to their education permanently following the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s in addition to the 130 million girls already missing out on an education.
Not only are these girls being denied the education they need to create a life they want, they’re being denied crucial support services that help protect them from gender-based violence, child marriage and the loss of their reproductive rights.
Because of the setback in girls’ education, the next decade could see:
- 31 million more cases of gender-based violence
- 13 million more cases of child marriage
- 7 million more cases of early or unintended pregnancy
Unless we act now.
Why invest in girls?
Investing in girls’ education is life-changing for girls themselves – but the ripple effect it can have for entire communities and countries has the potential to truly transform our world.
Educating girls leads to:
- Multi-generational change
- Improved economic outcomes and employment opportunities
- More children surviving infancy and growing up healthy
- Stopping child marriage and reducing early pregnancy
- Mitigating climate change
To educate girls is to reduce poverty. An educated girl is more likely to invest in herself, her health, her family and her community, which translates to more money invested in economies.
When girls can get an education, manage their health, live free from violence, and pursue their dreams, they can take their rightful place as equals.
HOW ARE WE AMPLIFYING YOUR SUPPORT?
The Fund pools your contributions with other donors to leverage it for more funding from Plan International’s institutional partners – effectively multiplying your impact, turning $1 into $2 (or more).
To achieve long-term change, we need a long-term plan. That’s why we ask GEEFund supporters to commit to multi-year pledge of a meaningful amount for five years. This money is then used to leverage further funding in the form of multi-year grants from our institutional partners, including but not limited to:
- United Nations Development Program
- World Food Program
- Asia Development Bank
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Fund isn’t a short-term fix – it’s a giving initiative designed to support an entire generation of girls to finish school, choose their own futures, and transform the lives of generations to come.
Because a better now for her is a better future for everyone.
How can you get involved?
Every girl has the right to go to school, pursue the life she wants, and own the decisions that will shape her future. Only then can we achieve lasting change for all.
If you would like to be part of making this a reality, please contact our Key Relationships Manager, Steffi Chang, by calling 0455 932 846 or emailing [email protected].