In 2014, the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution committed to bring together leading public, private, and civil society organizations from across the globe that focused on advancing solutions in girls' education that have the greatest potential for sustainable impact. Through the CHARGE (Collaborative Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education) initiative, partner organizations will align individual efforts for improving girls' education to five research-informed priorities: (1) Access; (2) Safety; (3) Learning; (4) Transitions; and (5) Leadership.
In five years, as a result of the various efforts driven by partner organizations:
- more than 2,000 schools and 35 countries will have improved policies on school safety;
- over 160,000 teachers will have received training to improve the quality of learning for students;
- more than 270,000 girls will have been supported in their transition to secondary, higher education, or the workforce;
- more than 70,000 leaders in developing countries will have been supported to help catalyze change in girls' education;
- over six million girls will become enrolled in school; and
- more than 900,000 girls will have improved learning outcomes.
Collectively, the five priorities will promote strategic investments and help streamline competing efforts. Independently, these priorities will serve as indicators for measuring impact.
1. Ensuring that girls enter and stay in school through secondary education. More than 30 million girls are not attending lower-secondary education. Supporting girls from marginalized communities to start learning early and stay in school through the secondary level is critical to their future success. AGE Africa, BRAC, British Council, CamFed, CARE, Children's Global Network Pakistan, CRECCOM, Discovery Communications, Discovery Learning Alliance, DFID, dRPC, GCPEA, GRACE Association, Mastercard Foundation, Oando, The Government of Nepal, Pearson PLC, Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education, Room to Read, Teach for All, UNESCO, and the U.S. Department of State commit to supporting the enrollment and retention of girls in school through scholarships, life skills training, infrastructure improvements, community training and engagement, and/or new school implementation.
2. Ensuring that schools are safe and facilities are girl-friendly. There are over 30 countries where students, mostly girls, face threats such as kidnapping, murder, and bombings at school. Moreover, in many schools girls experience sexual harassment and lack adequate facilities, such as separate latrines, which discourage many girls from attending school. BRAC, British Council, GCPEA, GRACE Association, Oando, Plan International, and UNICEF commit to provide direct services and/or address policies to improve school safety in one or more of the following areas: raising awareness on gender related harassment; creating safe spaces within schools through gender based clubs; recommending school-based violence reform; and protecting schools from military use during armed conflict to promote safe and enabling learning environments for girls that are gender-responsive and gender transformative.
3. Improving the quality of learning opportunities for girls. One of the biggest challenges in the current global education landscape is that many children who are in school are not learning. There are 250 million children worldwide; many of whom have been in school for years, yet cannot read and write. BRAC, CRECCOM, Discovery Communications, Discovery Learning Alliance, DFID, GPE, Intel, The Government of Nepal, Save the Children, Teach for All, and UNESCO commit to improving the quality of learning opportunities for girls through teacher trainings and professional development opportunities, access to high quality academic resources, and enrichment programs for students.
4. Supporting girls' educational transitions to postsecondary school and the workforce. Even in areas where women are well-educated, many girls still face hurdles transitioning to higher education or entering the workforce. Globally, women are less likely to participate in the labor force or transition to higher education than their male counterparts at the secondary level. BRAC, Mastercard Foundation, Microsoft, Shining Hope for Communities, Google, Anita Borg Institute, and Facebook commit to supporting the transition from secondary school to post-secondary school or the workforce by providing financial, academic, or social support, internships, apprenticeship training, and/or career counseling. In some cases, a partner will provide micro financing to support entrepreneurship income-generating activities.
5. Supporting leaders in developing countries to help catalyze change in girls' education. In many developing countries, the leaders of local NGOs and governments who are working to improve girls' education are unable to get the support they need to have a substantial impact. These leaders need and seek training, collaboration opportunities, and resources to scale their work. BRAC, British Council, Children's Global Network - Pakistan, dPRC, Echidna Giving, Intel, Malala Fund, Oando, and Pearson commit to delivering leadership development training, sharing best practices, and facilitating networking and mentoring opportunities for current and emerging leaders on matters that impact girls.
Additionally, Girl Rising, CHIME for Change, and UNGEI will partner on this effort to promote the importance of girls' education and these priorities via various global advocacy efforts.
As the coordinating body for CHARGE, the Center for Universal Education will facilitate opportunities for partners to network, share best practices, and problem solve as group. The Center for Universal Education has partnered with the Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings department to lead the monitoring and evaluation process to assess the implementation and impact of each partner's effort, aggregating the data and learnings to inform further research and cultivate more investments in girls' education.
2014 - All projects launched
2015 - All projects meet internally identified benchmarks
2016 - All projects meet internally identified benchmarks and total funding secured
2017 - All projects meet internally identified benchmarks
2018 - All projects meet final goals in terms to total girls reached