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.