Canada commits $400 Million to Women and Girls’ Education

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Canada’s $400-million commitment to women and girls’ education in fragile, conflict and crisis situations, in support of the G7 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, has resulted in the following initiatives.

Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) – $5 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to address barriers, increase access to quality education and improve learning outcomes and employability for girls and women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.

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BRAC Afghanistan – $12 million (2019/20 to 2020/21) to ensure that Afghan girls, adolescent girls and young women have access to safe, quality education in rural and remote areas of Afghanistan.

Canadian Red Cross – $7.5 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to provide menstrual hygiene management support; safe and hygienic water, sanitation and hygiene facilities; and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) awareness and training to 9,000 school-aged girls and young women in 40 schools in West Gogrial state in South Sudan.

U.K. Department for International Development – $15 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to improve girls’ enrollment, retention and performance in school by providing cash transfers to families and to schools to train teachers and improve infrastructure and by conducting social and behaviour change communication and community mobilization to enhance awareness of the value of girls’ education.

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Equal Measures 2030 – $1 million (2019/20 to 2020/21) to increase the capacity of women’s rights organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to collect and use quality gender data on barriers to girls’ and women’s education to advocate for their right to education and make their voices heard in decision-making processes.

Save the Children Canada – $9.8 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to focus on basic education for vulnerable girls in conflict-affected states of northeastern Nigeria (Yobe and Borno states), where early recovery work is possible to provide equal opportunities for girls’ education.

Together for Girls – $2 million (2019/20 to 2020/21) for this global initiative that seeks to better document the relationship between sexual violence and education outcomes and identify country-specific barriers to education. The project will make the most of the data already collected through Violence Against Children Surveys, analyzing it with an education lens and translating it into useable information (including data visualization).

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – $7 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to enhance access to quality education for 13,925 boys and girls (65% girls) in lagging regions of Pakistan. The project will reconstruct damaged schools, provide gender-appropriate supplies, train teachers, mobilize community members to allow girls to attend schools and support regional government to formulate and implement policy in the education sector.

UNDP – $9.9 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to address barriers that hinder the demand for and access to education for girls, adolescent girls and women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region in Bangladesh, including those with disabilities.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – $8 million (2019/20 to 2020/21) to work through primary and secondary schools, and with community organizations, to address barriers to girls’ access to and retention in school in the centre of Côte d’Ivoire.

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UNICEF – $20 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) to support the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage to support programming, policy development, advocacy and research aimed at eliminating child marriage with the goal of bringing to scale efforts to eliminate child marriage in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

War Child Canada – $3 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to expand a pilot project in the Democratic Republic of Congo that targets out-of-school girls in conflict-affected communities through radio-based learning. The project would develop an alternative model of education, offering radio-based instruction to girls who are unable to access formal secondary schools due to household responsibilities, gender bias against girls’ education, risks of abduction or sexual assault while walking long distances to school, the high cost of education and escalating conflict.

Canada is also contributing to the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries by funding the following additional initiatives:

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Save the Children Canada – $10 million (2017/18 to 2022/23) to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent boys and girls, in and out of school, by challenging the social, cultural and gender barriers they face and by promoting cultural and behavioural change within communities in select districts of Zambézia province in Mozambique.

UNESCO – $1.5 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to provide technical assistance to Jordan’s Ministry of Education, in partnership with UNESCO, to improve evidence-based strategic policy-making, planning and coordination in the Ministry of Education.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) – $4 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to develop and make available to the international community consistent, accurate and relevant data to guide its decisions in a growing political, economic and social environment, which is continuously changing and increasingly complex.

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