International Day of Education 2024:
the ongoing impact of the Girls’ Education Challenge

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone has the right to education, and that “it shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.”

While the declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, stipulates that countries also make higher education accessible for all.

On January 24, as we mark International Day of Education, we can take a look at the work we’re doing as evaluators on the UK-funded Girls’ Education Challenge – work that we have been carrying out since 2012. Specifically, our latest publication, Education Pathways for Marginalised Adolescent Girls Beyond Formal Schooling, looks at the Leave No Girl Behind Window of the GEC, and how it is working to equip girls with literacy, numeracy, life and vocational skills, particularly extremely marginalised adolescent girls who either never enrolled in formal schooling or dropped out before they completed it.

In our Study Brief (right), read our recommendations on how this essential Leave No Girl Behind work can best serve those girls who need it most, and learn how we used the river of life participatory evaluation method to help participants to map out and provide critical insights into their lives.