Girls’ Education

Supporting Girls through COVID-19 and Beyond

Strategies for supporting the continued education, health, and safety of girls while schools are closed, and ensuring they return when schools reopen.

Supporting Girls through COVID-19 and Beyond


The stakes are high for girls who do not complete a comprehensive, quality education.

Disproportionate Consequences

Girls remain at greater risk than boys of not attending or staying in school due to child marriage, unintended pregnancies (and policies that punish girls for pregnancy and sexual activity), and disproportionately bearing the burden of housework and care for family members.

Lifelong Impact

Girls are also more likely to bear the lifelong consequences of not completing their education, including facing a greater risk of being in violent personal relationships, having more children than desired, experiencing increased child mortality and malnutrition, and facing reduced job prospects, and thus lower economic agency and ability to contribute.

Persistent Gender Bias

Schooling often doesn’t serve girls’ needs and rights, as many classrooms are still characterized by gender bias, lack of belief in girls’ ability in math and science, and traditional gender roles, which girls and boys observe through teacher attitudes, textbooks, widespread acceptance of gender-based violence, and lack of leadership opportunities for girls.

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Develop Your Expertise

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that girls receive the education they deserve. Teach For All has developed a resource repository to support anyone in the network to develop their own expertise in issues of girls’ education. Visit our repository to learn more about the challenges facing girls around the world, gender equity, how to engage boys and men in this work, and more.

Global Girl's Education Fellowship

Teach For All offers a virtual, web-based Global Girls’ Education Fellowship for staff, alumni, and participants of network partners seeking to significantly deepen their expertise in girls’ education best practices. Through this fellowship, participants will develop their expertise as girls’ education practitioners through interactive online modules, group video calls, and engagement with experts in the field. They will also have an unparalleled opportunity to connect with a diverse, global cohort of like-minded advocates who share their conviction and will be working over their lifetimes to improve outcomes for girls and women.

How the Fellowship Works

All members of the Teach For All network with an interest in gaining skills and insights as girls’ education practitioners may apply.

This is a virtual, web-based fellowship is for anyone in the Teach For All network (staff, alumni, and participants of network partners) seeking to significantly deepen their knowledge of girls’ education best practices. Through this fellowship, you will have opportunities to grow your expertise as a girls’ education practitioner through interactive online modules, group video calls, and engagement with experts in the field.

You will also have an unparalleled opportunity to connect with a diverse, global cohort of like-minded advocates who share your conviction and will be working over their lifetimes to improve outcomes for girls and women.

In order to successfully participate, you should be able to commit 4-6 hours per month from mid-September to mid-December 2019:

  • Join video calls (two hours per month)
  • Read course materials (1-2 hours per month)
  • Share reflections, questions and comments on the course materials (1 hour per month)

Additionally, all fellows will have the opportunity to choose a topic in girls’ education that is of particular interest to them. Fellows will then work in a group to design and lead a session on that topic for the rest of their cohort. During the weeks leading up to their group’s session, fellows should plan to devote an additional 2-3 hours to researching and designing their session.

All whole-cohort calls will be scheduled in advance, and the times will be selected to accommodate as many time zones as possible. Fellows can expect to join 1-2 whole-cohort calls per month.

Global Girls’ Education Fellows will be able to choose either a project or non-project track for their fellowship. Teach For All will provide additional support to those who would like to design and implement their own girl-focused capstone project at the end of the formal fellowship.  

Both tracks will include the same rigorous learning about research, initiatives, innovations and policies that work. And all fellows, regardless of which track they choose, must be willing to commit to full participation in all calls, activities and lessons. 

Fellows will select the project or non-project track in the first month of the fellowship.

Fellowship Component Track 1: Project Track 2: Project
Join calls with regional and global girls’ education experts
Design a session for your cohort based on a girls’ education topic
Actively participate in peer-led calls on various girls’ ed topics
Complete online lessons / modules
Design, implement and evaluate the impact of a girls’ education project  
Be an active alum of the fellowship by sharing your learnings and continuing to be an advocate for girls and girls’ education


This virtual fellowship will consist of three parts:

  • Virtual conversations with girls’ education experts
  • Short online sessions/modules curated by Teach For All
  • Online sessions designed and led by the fellows themselves! 

All fellows can expect to learn how to increase gender equity in their classrooms and schools, support girls to lead, and become a change agent in their community for transforming gender norms, expectations, and outcomes.

The preliminary list of topics we will potentially cover includes:

  • Overview of Girls’ Education - Challenges and Solutions
  • Access:
    • Reducing Barriers to Access
    • Promoting Girls’ Health
    • Addressing Negative or Limiting Attitudes about Girls’ Education
    • Girls’ Safety and Wellbeing
    • Girls in Crisis Situations
  • Equity and Opportunity:
    • Sexual Health, Power and Relationships
    • Including Boys and Men
    • Girls’ Socio-Emotional Skill-Building
    • Gender Bias in Curricula, Instruction, and School Environments
    • Girls’ Leadership and Self-Advocacy
    • Girls’ Access to Opportunities (internships, mentors, extracurriculars, financial literacy, etc.) 
    • Girls and STEM

Through completing the modules, attending the talks, and integrating solid research into a session plan for peers, fellows will complete this experience being deeply versed in the best practices in girls’ education and how they can adapt them in their work.

Learn More About Global Girls' Education Fellowship Projects

The first three Global Girls’ Education Fellowships have welcomed
over 300 leaders from across the network.

Network Innovators 

Motivated by their experiences in the classroom, dozens of alumni of Teach For All network partners are launching and leading initiatives focused on the education and empowerment of women and girls. Meet some of these inspiring innovators: