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Importance of girls education

As part of the UNESCO Global Alliance for the Education of Girls and Women “A Better Life, a Better Future”. Investing in girls' education transforms communities, countries and the world. Girls who can get an education. Over an initial five-year period  (2016-2021), the goal is to reach adolescent girls (ages 10-19) and young women ages from 20 to 24  in countries where the challenges for their education are still significant.

Investing in girls' education transforms communities, countries and the  world. Educated girls are less likely to marry young and are more likely to lead healthy and productive lives. They will  earn higher salaries , be involved in the decisions that  affect them most, and build a better future for themselves and their families.

Educating girls strengthens the economy and decreases  inequality. It provides more stable and resilient societies that give all people - including boys and men - the opportunity to develop their potential.

Objectives of girls education

The Joint Program aims to break the cycle of exclusion and vulnerability and adopts a life cycle perspective. The company operates in relevant sectors including education, health, youth, skills development, technology and women's economic empowerment. Specifically, the aim is to ensure that girls and young women benefit from a full cycle of quality education, equip girls and young women with relevant knowledge and skills, girls and young women in the transition to adulthood and the labor market and participation to support it in fully integrating into society.

In parallel, ministries, civil society, teachers and health  providers are involved in strengthening the social and governance structures that impact girls' lives and the ability of national and subnational authorities to to do that. Promote gender empowerment -transformative educational opportunities to ensure national ownership and accountability.

The objectives of the Joint Program contribute directly  to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and support the implementation of national development plans and strategies.

Importance of girls education
Importance of girls education

Priority Areas 

The Joint Program leverages the knowledge and experience of United Nations partner organizations, supports investments across the education sector and strengthens the links between education, health, labor, the social sector and other relevant sectors through four complementary components:

Component 1: Improving the quality and relevance of education for adolescent girls and young women

Component 2: Strengthening links between  health and education sectors to address the needs of adolescent girls at risk of pregnancy, early school leaving or early school leaving

Component 3: Support and empowerment environments that promote intersectoral coordination and governance

Component 4: Creating the database and evidence required for educational policies and interventions with a gender perspective.

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