At a Glance

MacArthur’s international secondary education grantmaking aims to improve participation by marginalized girls in quality, relevant secondary level learning, with the expectation that advances will have positive implicationsfor both girls and boys.

  • More education for girls brings profound benefits for them and related benefits for their societies.
  • Girls with higher levels of education marry later, survive childbirth at higher rates, experience reduced incidences of HIV/AIDS, have children more likely to survive to age five, contribute to higher rates of economic growth at the national level, and live more fulfilled lives.
  • Education for girls is a vital tool in the battle against poverty. Sixty-five low- and middle-income countries lose approximately $92 billion per year by failing to educate girls to the same standards as boys.
  • MacArthur’s grantmaking seeks to improve participation by marginalized girls in quality, relevant secondary education through investments in research, innovative pilot approaches, and evidence-based advocacy, so that every girl has the opportunity to realize her full potential.

 

 


Updated April 10, 2013

Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries, Africa, Education, India, Nigeria, Youth