10 Days to Invest in Girls’ Education

Plan International USA is ensuring that girls have equal access to education.

Through Plan Zambia's Girls
Economic Empowerment Project,
46 girls have graduated from
Mansa Trades Training Institute.

This year, from June 16 to June 26, Plan International USA is advocating for 10 days to invest in girls’ education by acknowledging the transformative power of educated girls. Plan is committed to ensuring girls and boys are at the center of educational change through participation in consultation and decision making.

The 10 days will be highlighted at two important events. The theme of Day of The African Child June 16 is “quality education.” Plan’s youth delegates will stage a takeover of the African Union to advocate for education. And, at the Global Partnership for Education pledging conference in Brussels June 26, African and world governments will be asked to pledge an investment in education.

So, why should we take 10 days to invest in girls’ education?

  • Every child has a right to education. It is fundamental to all other development.
  • Despite this right, 126 million children remain out of primary and lower secondary school around the world. Of these, 65 million are girls.
  • There are 250 million children in school who are not learning due to the lack of a quality education.
  • The recent abduction of school girls in Nigeria is not an isolated incident; it highlights how violence and discrimination against girls deny them access to an education.
  • Some 52 percent of out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa, a region where four out of five girls receive no formal education.
  • The average spending on education in Africa is six percent of gross domestic product.
  • The education crisis will only be improved if there is increased investment in safe, quality education for all children.
  • 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.
  • Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls at the same level as boys.
  • Literate people are more likely to participate in the democratic process and exercise their civil rights.

Check out how some of our programs are delivering the message that girls’ education can go a long way: