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Education for all

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Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign is tackling the barriers that deny millions of girls their right to an education

Education is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty.

In 2014, Plan trained 104,231 professional and volunteer education workers on child-friendly learning skills. We also supported the construction and rehabilitation of 2,454 schools.

Equal access

Every child has the right to education, but many children are excluded because of high costs, language and cultural barriers, geographical remoteness, or special needs.

We work to ensure free and equal access to quality education at all times, including in emergencies, as well as access to learning for young people so they can reach their full potential.

Education strategy

Our education strategy focuses on:

  • promoting inclusive, safe, healthy, child-friendly learning environments
  • improving the skills of teachers
  • creating culturally relevant, gender-sensitive lessons and offering essential life-skills training.

Girls' education

Plan actively reaches out to children who have never been to school or have dropped out because of cultural or financial reasons.

Globally, 1 in 5 girls is denied an education. Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign is working to break down the barriers that prevent girls from being educated and aims to directly support millions of girls to get the education, skills, livelihoods and protection they need to transform their lives.

We also encourage children, parents and communities to be actively involved in decision making around education and campaign to improve governance at all levels.

Case studies

Girls return to school after period pain

Girls return to school after period pain

Girls in Mutasa, eastern Zimbabwe, were dropping out of school during their menstrual period because of teasing by boys - but not anymore, thanks to the Girls Fellowship Club.