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Evaluation of Step Change Window: Girls’ Education Challenge Fund

The SCW, is funding non-governmental organisations to expand education opportunities for 650,000 girls at primary and secondary school levels.

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In 2012, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) launched the £355 million Girls’ Education Challenge Fund (GEC) to support up to a million of the world’s most marginalised girls to improve their lives through education. Within the Step Change Window (SCW), non-governmental organisations are being funded to quickly and effectively expand education opportunities for 650,000 girls at primary and secondary school levels.

Fifteen SCW projects were awarded funding of up to £30 million. They operate in Afghanistan, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. These projects plan to provide girls with access to education, materials, safe spaces and a ‘voice’. They will also help to mobilise and build capacity within governments, communities and schools, for example, through training and mentoring teachers, governors and community leaders.

Published 22 September 2017
Last updated 19 April 2018 + show all updates
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