What we are learning: The GEC Girls

There is a wealth of knowledge on women and girls’ exclusion from education, and the impact this has on societies and economies. However, governments, donors and policy makers continue to wrestle with how to tackle this challenge and get millions of the world’s poorest girls into school and learning. The GEC aims to change this. An exceptionally rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation of the GEC projects is providing us with a unique and comprehensive resource for understanding how to overcome the factors which hinder the learning of disadvantaged girls.

The GEC Girls:

The Girls’ Education Challenge aims to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes of over one million of the world’s most marginalised girls. To make this a reality, we need to understand who the girls are. We need to listen to their stories, find out about the challenges that they face and confront the barriers that are preventing them from getting to school and learning. Our work so far has given us valuable insights into the ways in which girls are marginalised and the activities that can offer them safe access to school, the ability to meet the costs of education and the confidence to learn.

Thematic Reviews take data from the evaluations and other reports. They present findings and lessons on a topic against a backdrop of the current research and discourse. The papers are intended to inform and enhance the continuing implementation of GEC projects in the second phase, as well as to serve as a resource for planning by practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

Lessons from the Field are produced quarterly and share the lessons that are being learned by the GEC projects as their work progresses. They aim to support practitioners and policy-makers to understand what is happening on the ground, share best practice and be reassured that they are not alone in facing unexpected challenges. They highlight positive responses to some unexpected and tough challenges – together with a healthy dose of realism and a greater understanding of local situations and issues. Viewed across the portfolio and across the lifetime of the project, they aim to inform and improve future work and programmes.

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