Girls' Education Challenge

The Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) is helping up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education.

The funding windows for the GEC have now passed.


The initiative called on non-governmental organisations, charities and the private sector to find better ways of getting girls in school and ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future. The GEC is supporting projects that are able to demonstrate new and effective ways to expand education opportunities to marginalised girls.

How to apply

The fund is now closed and is not accepting any new applicants.

Background information on the fund

There were 3 categories of GEC projects: Strategic Partnerships, Step Change projects and Innovation projects.

  • Strategic Partnerships provided match-funding to private sector partners that explore new ways of improving learning opportunities for girls in remote and/or marginalised communities
  • Step Change projects are led by non-state organisations and aim to quickly and effectively expand education opportunities for 650,000 girls at primary and secondary level in 9 focus countries
  • The Innovation funding window includes projects aimed at providing technological innovations, developing new partnerships, adapting proven solutions for new geographies, communities or age groups, and engaging females in decision-making processes


The Girls’ Education Challenge Fund is managed by PwC. Please visit the GEC webpage for further information.

Girls’ Education
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