Yesterday in London, girls’ education was front and center during the 2016 Girls’ Education Forum hosted by the UK Department for International Development, with support from Global Citizen and Chime for Change.
Justine Greening, UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, hosted the event, and Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair, participated in debates and discussions throughout the day.
At the Forum, the UK announced it will help 175,000 girls in the world’s poorest countries get an education with £100 million from the Girls’ Education Challenge. The fund helps girls who have dropped out or never attended school due to family crises, poverty, or early marriage and pregnancy.
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and GPE announced US$17 million to support the education of adolescent girls in developing countries. The funding will be results-based in that payments will reward improvements in girls’ education outcomes.
The commitments by DFID, CIFF and GPE support our strong belief that educated girls can change the world. We are glad to work alongside our partners to make education a reality for more and more girls.