UNITE FOR CHILDREN-- UNICEF

Improving Educational Opportunities for Girls (1)

Getting Girls into School and Keeping Them There

Many factors shape the environment in which girls receive a basic education -- government policy and practice, the school system, community practices, religious beliefs, and cultural attitudes and behaviours. Key actors who influence the kind of education (or lack of it) that girls receive include national politicians, community leaders, religious leaders, the business community, the media, teachers, parents and even the girls themselves. To enroll girls in school and keep them there, these key actors in society need to actively identify ways to contribute time and resources to promote girls’ education. They must work to transform factors that inhibit girls’ school participation and strengthen those that support their successful completion of school.

Getting girls into school requires that

  • national policies favour girls’ attendance;
  • school facilities are safe;
  • schooling is affordable.

Keeping girls in school requires that

  • they live in a society where they are encouraged to participate and do their best;
  • schooling is relevant to their lives;
  • they participate fully in learning.

There are many ways in which the public and private sectors have been successful at getting girls into school and keeping them there. This short text shares some lessons learned and strategies that have been used in the past decade by various constituencies.

These strategies come from both domestic and international experiences. No single approach will resolve the constraints on girls’ education. There must be a package of interventions working simultaneously. Individual countries can draw from these experiences and apply them to their cultural context.

Read what Goverment Ministries and Political Leaders can do …

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