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Girls' Education

Every child has the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. However, due to a combination of factors, many girls are forced to leave school while others never have the opportunity to go in the first place.

Lockdowns and school closures due to COVID-19 have hit girls’ education particularly hard and threaten to roll back years of progress.

Education Transforms Girls' Lives

Our award-winning, stop-motion film 'I'll take it from here' shows how education has the power to transform girls’ lives.

Learning to Lead

School is a space in which girls exercise their agency, make their voice heard, and access their first leadership opportunities.

Being out of school doesn’t just have devastating consequences for girls’ life opportunities – it places them at risk of teen pregnancy, child marriage, female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence.
Education is critical in tackling harmful gender norms, and empowering girls to drive change. It gives girls the skills to become leaders, innovators and change makers, and to tackle future crises.
Girls’ education also advances climate justice – every additional year of schooling for girls leads to significant improvements in a country’s resilience to climate-related disasters.

Keeping girls in education through COVID-19

Alama and 1,252 other young students from 46 PASS+ centres in Mali have received a learning pack so they can continue their education, as well as raise awareness about the prevention and protection measures against COVID-19.

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The world is at critical cross-roads, with the COVID-19 pandemic laying bare gross inequalities in our society and the climate emergency set to exacerbate these long into the future. 

Lockdowns and school closures have hit girls’ education particularly hard and threaten to roll back years of progress. 

After the unprecedented disruption to girls’ schooling caused by COVID-19, we won’t stand by and watch girls fall even further behind.


Unless world leaders step up and invest adequately in education, there is a risk that the climate emergency will lead to millions more girls missing out on school in the coming years.

Increased investment in education and girls’ leadership will play an essential role in ensuring girls and young women are able to demand their rights, hold decision makers to account, and challenge the status quo, including the systems and norms which reinforce gender and climate injustice around the world.

We are supporting young activists who are calling for increased funding for girls' education.

Mozambique's girls want more

Plan International's boarding school in rural Mozambique is helping girls challenge expectations and buck the trends that see half of girls married by 18 and only 1 in 10 completing their high school education.

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We aim to provide millions of girls across the word with safe, quality, gender-transformative education so they may find their voices and learn to lead. We work ensure that girls realise they are equally deserving of the skills required to succeed.

We focus our efforts on equality, inclusion and diversity. Our programmes don’t just work in classrooms with teachers, but also include communities, governments, religious leaders, family members and children in order to bring an end to gender inequality in education.