Access to inclusive and quality education for girls essential to promoting gender equality and empowerment. Education gives women and girls the opportunity to access social, economic and political opportunities.
Educated girls seldom marry young and are seen to lead more healthy and meaningful lives as they can understand and mindfully engage with the world around them and take on leadership roles.
Girls face barriers to education often because they are trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty, harmful socio-cultural norms and practices, violence and violation, poor infrastructure and lack of agency. An education free of harmful gender/social norms empower girls and boys and enables them to contribute to reductions in school-related gender-based violence and harmful practices, including child/early marriage.
Along with social, political and economic barriers, climate change creates additional vulnerability for women and girls. In this context, there is a need for collective action and initiatives that tackle the multitude of issues faced by girls.
Projects supporting girls education
In 2022 Pakistan experienced some of its deadliest floods in years. VSO are helping to ensure education is still possible for children displaced by flooding.
Ensuring every child in Nepal has the right to a quality education, free from discrimination.
Improving literacy, numeracy, business, and life skills for adolescent girls in Mozambique.
Addressing socio-cultural norms in Nepal to ensure girls education is prioritised, and girls with disabilities are given the chance to thrive.
Improving foundational literacy and numeracy skills for 3.5 million children in Malawi.
In April 2023 VSO was delighted to launch an exciting new educational technology programme “Building Foundational learning through technology project (BFLTT) in Sierra Leone.
Making sure everyone gets the skills they need to live a fulfilled, dignified life.
We helped over 3.2 million people to access the quality education they deserve in 2022-23.
ECCE addresses the period from birth to 8 years old. It is an key stage for education intervention because it capitalises on a period of rich brain development for children.