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Towards the empowerment of girls – Plan International EU Office discussed the role of education in developing countries at the European Parliament

Just imagine what girls could do should they be empowered. If they would only be given the possibility to fulfil their full potential and the opportunities, skills and space to thrive. This is what we discussed during in the European Parliament in Brussels on 19th February.

 

Panel discussing the role of education in developing countries
Panel discussing the role of education in developing countries

The DEVE Committee meeting covered the challenges of education and skills-acquisition in developing countries. Plan International EU Office underlined how key education is when it comes to empowering girls all over the world. Education would not only equip girls with the required skills for them to participate in the labour market, but it would advance whole families because when girls are educated, healthy, safe and empowered, they lift up their families, their local communities, and eventually the entire society. One of the main challenges of education in developing countries is ensuring its quality and inclusivity. Gender transformative education is critical to girls’ empowerment and to fostering gender equality, cultural diversity and democratic values. Gender transformative education allows girls (and boys) to become aware of their rights from an early age and contributes significantly to developing their self-worth, leadership and decision-making skills.

Education would not only equip girls with the required skills for them to participate in the labour market, but it would advance whole families because when girls are educated, healthy, safe and empowered, they lift up their families, their local communities, and eventually the entire society. 

Our recommendations therefore centred on the DEVE Committee supporting fully financed education systems that empower girls and boys equally in order to achieve gender equality. we stressed that gender transformative education is a prerequisite for girls and young women to become powerful agents of change. And that governments and ministries should understand the role education can play in giving girls and young women a voice in shaping their own future. They should therefore include them in the national decision-making processes and policy development.