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Girls' Education Forum 2016

The Girls’ Education Forum will bring together governments, stakeholders, civil society partners and education champions.

School girls in Zambia

Educating girls helps break the cycle of poverty. Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID

The UK government is joining forces with Global Citizen + CHIME FOR CHANGE to bring global attention to the issue of girls’ education.

On 7 July, we will host the Girls’ Education Forum bringing together governments, private sector stakeholders, civil society partners and education champions to drive the implementation of Global Goal 4 to achieve universal, quality education.

Attendees will also include returned volunteers and representatives from Voluntary Services Overseas, a leading international development organisation funded by the UK government as part of International Citizen Service.

The benefits of educating girls are overwhelming, yet 63 million girls remain out of school. What’s more, many of those in school are not getting the quality education they deserve and are dropping out.

New commitments will be secured which will contribute to improving girls’ learning; ensuring that even the poorest and most marginalised girls have the opportunity to learn; and helping girls get a secondary education.

The UK has helped 11 million children get an education in the last 5 years, training 177,000 teachers, building classrooms and ensuring the poorest girls and boys have school bursaries and textbooks. This work will continue with a commitment to help 11 million girls and boys gain an education by 2020.

Published 30 June 2016