What we are learning

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.

During the first phase of the GEC from 2012 to 2017, each project undertook a baseline, midline and endline evaluation. A number of common themes emerged from the evaluation process and the work on the ground. Two sets of reports – Thematic Reviews and Lessons from the Field - explore these topics and have been grouped under the headings below.

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.

You can access independent evaluations of the first phase of the GEC on the UK government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/girls-education-challenge.

 

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 or accessing other non-formal education opportunities 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 education opportunities, the ability to meet the costs of education and the confidence to learn.

Thematic Reviews

 

Lessons from the Field

 

Teaching and Learning

Getting girls into school is only the first step. Providing a supportive learning environment with good quality teaching is crucial to ensure that every girl achieves academic success and improves her life chances. The girls need welcoming classrooms and skilled teachers who are themselves supported and valued. Carefully planned use of technology accelerates progress, as do opportunities for girls to catch up on missed learning. Our work inside and outside the classroom has helped us to understand the ways in which teaching can be transformed to improve learning and raise girls’ aspirations.

Thematic Reviews

 

Lessons from the Field

 

Lasting change

The Girls’ Education Challenge aims to create lasting change, leaving a legacy of better opportunities and fewer barriers for future girls and boys. It goes beyond ensuring that girls enjoy the benefits of a full cycle of education and are equipped for further education and employment. We work with families, communities, schools, and governments to change attitudes and policy and create leaders with clear vision and high aspirations. Our work to date has already provided important lessons as to how this change can be achieved.

Thematic Reviews

 

Lessons from the Field