These two 6th grade girls are getting an education in a classroom in Borama, Somaliland. Photo Credit: Anna Kari/Save the Children 2012.

Girls in their 6th grade class taught by Fatuma Samatar in Borama, Somaliland. Fatuma specializes in Math and Physics, but currently teaches Geography and Islamic Studies in 5th and 6th grades because of the shortage of teachers in these subjects.

Girl's Education

Every Girl Deserves an Education

A girl is not a statistic or a piece of property. She's a child who deserves a future. 

Girls the world over face gender discrimination – just for being born a daughter and not a son. A girls education is less likely to be valued, and she’s more likely to be forced into early marriage, face violence or be stolen by traffickers. Her childhood cut short – her very life and future at risk.

A girl’s education changes everything. An educated girl is more likely to grow up healthy, safe and empowered to determine the course of her life and future. She’ll decide when she’s ready for marriage and children. She’ll likely send her children to school – and even live a longer life.

We understand the importance of education for girl children. We do whatever it takes to ensure every last child has a chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe – her best chance for a bright future. 

With your help, we can educate girls who may not otherwise have the chance to learn — changing the course of their lives, their children’s lives and the future of their communities.

Promoting Girls Education

Save the Children’s Every Last Child campaign aims to reach the most vulnerable children, those left behind by the world’s progress in child health, education and protection — including girls. Too many girls, because of who they are or where they’re born, face unique challenges. Together, we will improve girls education. We will reach every last girl, empowering her to grow up healthy, educated and safe. Free to lead her own life, speak her mind and determine her future.

Did You Know?

  • One girl under age 15 is married every seven seconds. 
  • Girls are 3X more likely to be out of school*
  • Girls are 2X more likely to die from malnutrition*
  • Girls are 2X more likely to be subjected to sexual violence*
  • Girls are 2X more likely to get coerced into trafficking*

*Sources: U.N. Foundation; Girls Not Brides

Roja’s Story: The Importance of Education For Girls

In Cambodia, nearly 23% of children are out of school. Even more shocking, 52 out of 1,000 girls become adolescent mothers. These are girls denied the opportunities they deserve – and forced to grow up far too fast.

But innocent, eager Roja, age 5, is on the path to a brighter future. She attends a Save the Children early childhood development center near her village. There, we encourage her early learning and development, including drawing and art to enhance creativity. We also train teachers and involve parents, caregivers and whole communities in encouraging girls education and learning opportunities.

Your donation can help educate girls like Roja – giving her best chance for the bright future she deserves.

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