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Communities and families

Influencing social norms for girls' education

Girls’ education is central to the ability of present and future generations to participate fully in achieving the social and economic goals of their country. Recognizing this link, UNICEF’s strategy is to increase resources for girls’ education, end the gender gap in attendance and school completion and eliminate gender biases in national education systems.

UNICEF-supported advocacy activities play a major role in increasing resources for education and in advancing legislation that eliminates discrimination against girls and women.

While more girls attend school now than ever before, social expectations for girls and women and gender-biased family practices still hinder girls’ opportunities and limit their achievement in school. UNICEF’s communication strategies address these issues by working with communities to raise awareness and to encourage families to keep their children in school.

Research shows that other, very concrete factors, such as the lack of adequate toilet facilities, can also stand in the way of girls’ education. Therefore UNICEF works with families, schools and communities to address girl-specific needs in the school environment.

UNICEF works to improve the quality of education for all children, through refurbishing schools, providing materials and training teachers. However, community initiatives that work with schools to identify concerns and take the necessary action are also crucial. This community approach builds the base for promoting positive family practices, social norms and educational policies that work together to support equal education for girls everywhere.



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