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Girls' Education Challenge, Project Profiles

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The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) aims to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for up to one million of the world’s most marginalised girls. Access to a good quality education will give these girls the chance of a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

These projects were selected through an open and transparent process and assessed for their ability to implement new and effective ways to get girls into school, keep them there and make sure they receive a good quality education in ways which are sustainable beyond the GEC funding.

This booklet outlines the 37 projects that have so far been selected to receive funding through the ‘Step Change’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Strategic Partnerships’ funding windows. It summarises the objectives, interventions and location of each project’s activities. Please note that detailed information, including the names of organisations, has not been provided for regions where there are issues of security for project staff, teachers and girls, but contact can be facilitated by the Fund Manager on request. Please also note, as projects progress through the programme, GEC budget figures and the number of marginalised girls will be subject to change.

They were selected under three funding windows:

  1. Step Change: scaling up successful interventions that are already having a positive impact.

  2. Innovation: applying new interventions such as technological innovations, developing new partnerships, adapting proven solutions for new geographies, communities or age groups.

  3. Strategic Partnerships: creating new partnerships with the private sector including, Discovery Communications, The Coca Cola Company, Avanti Communications and Ericsson.

The GEC projects and partnerships are implementing a diverse range of interventions to provide girls with access to education, materials, safe spaces to learn and a ‘voice’. They are helping to mobilise and build capacity within governments, communities and schools, training and mentoring teachers, governors and community leaders. Projects are targeting marginalised girls, disabled girls and migrant communities, with more than half of the target group living in high-risk and conflict-affected environments such as Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan