Skip to Content

Actors and best practices

An overall strategy for work on girls’ education should cover the following areas:

Working with girls, to build the critical consciousness, confidence and capacity to confront discriminatory behaviour and claim their education rights.

Working with schools (teachers, students – including boys, and other stakeholders) to create a safe and appropriate learning environment for girls.

Working with the wider community (women, men, boys, influential cultural figures and local leaders) to raise awareness of, and challenge, discrimination against girls.

Working with education policy makers to ensure that the education system is non-discriminatory and actively promotes girls’ education.

These strategies require work at local and national levels. It will be important to map who is doing what in girls’ education, to understand where the gaps are, and who best to partner, or to try to influence. This could include a range of organisations, such as: community-based organisations, faith groups, women’s organisations, school management committees, youth groups, other NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in general, both national and international; and local and national government and international committees.

For further information please read:

UNICEF - Basic education and gender equality

Girl Power

Making the Grade

Violence against girls at school – towards sustainable strategies

Stop violence against girls in school

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for the Advancement of Women AIDE-MEMOIRE

Masculinities: Male Roles and Male Involvement in the Promotion of Gender Equality A Resource Packet

Pathway to Gender Equality

The Power and Promise of Girl’s Education