With 189 member countries, staff from more 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared the education of children of the senior group literacy in developing countries. The World Bank Group works in every major area of development. We provide a wide array of financial products and technical assistance, and we help countries share and apply innovative knowledge and solutions to the challenges they face.
We face big challenges to help the world’s poorest people and ensure that everyone sees benefits from economic growth. Data and research help us understand these challenges and set priorities, share knowledge of what works, and measure progress. Girls’ Education Girls’ education and promoting gender equality is part of a broader, holistic effort by the World Bank Group. Girls’ education is a strategic development priority. Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers.
All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty. According to UNESCO estimates, 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom. Poverty remains the most important factor for determining whether a girl can access an education. For example, in Nigeria, only 4 percent of poor young women in the North West zone can read, compared with 99 percent of rich young women in the South East. Violence also negatively impacts access to education and a safe environment for learning.
18 years old, 27 percent reported schools to be the most common location for solicitation. Child marriage is also a critical challenge. Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry later. This affects the education and health of their children, as well as their ability to earn a living. Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence, and fragility. The WBG has joined with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral organization, the private sector, and donors to advance multi-sectoral approaches to overcome these challenges. Addressing violence against girls and women.
Gender equality is central to the WBG’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. No society can develop sustainably without transforming the distribution of opportunities, resources, and choices for men and women so that they have equal power to shape their own lives and contribute to their families, communities, and countries. Through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations member states committed to a renewed framework for development. The WBG is a partner and one of many stakeholders in the international drive, reinforced by adoption of the SDGs, to improve gender equality and empower girls and women. 5 billion over five years through education projects that directly benefit adolescent girls. The WBG recognizes that in order to fully realize the benefits of educating girls and women, countries need to address the multiple sources of disadvantage that many girls and women face, including cultural biases and access to economic and social opportunities, as well as services, such as health care. Reports across the WBG are also informing girls’ education activities and engagement.
In Liberia, a partnership with the Africa Gender Innovation Lab is supporting an impact evaluation of the International Rescue Committee’s Sisters of Success, which aims to reduce school dropout and teen pregnancy rates through a woman’s mentorship program. The WBG supports girls’ education through a variety of interventions. 24 million girls in 6,700 secondary schools have benefitted from the Secondary Education Quality and Access Enhancement Project. Pakistan: The first and second Punjab Education Sector Projects supported tuition vouchers for 150,000 vulnerable adolescent girls in the Punjab with low access to schooling, as well as cash stipends for 400,000 girls in low literacy areas to encourage secondary school attendance. This resulted in a nine percent increase in girls’ enrollment in secondary public schools.
Nigeria: In Kaduna State, Junior Secondary School completion rates for girls increased from 7 percent in 2007 to 34 percent in 2011, the lifetime of the State Education Sector Project. 20 partners representing multilateral, bilateral, civil society, and non-governmental organizations. It supports the partnership in general, as a Board Member, host of the GPE Secretariat, trustee and grant agent for the vast majority of GPE grants. Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and GPE.