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Leave No Girl Behind: a new wave of activism for girls' education


LONDON, 24 Jan 2020 - This year (and decade) is set to be a milestone in the movement for girls’ and women’s rights. 2020 is the year of Beijing +25, the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and the start of the 10-year countdown to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 4: inclusive and equitable, quality education that leaves no one behind. 

The clock is ticking. Whilst significant progress has been made to advance gender parity in school enrolment rates, gender equality in education is about ensuring that all girls and boys benefit from education equally. With over 130 million girls worldwide out of school, and 90% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa not meeting minimal proficiency levels in reading by the time they complete primary school, never has the need been greater to put the furthest behind first: girls.

Leave No Girl Behind: accelerating action for girls’ education

Today we celebrate International Day of Education, which this year recognises education as the foundation stone for peace and development. It reaffirms education as our greatest public resource and a fundamental human right, which must be protected and upheld for every generation. At the same time, we recognise that the transformative potential of education can only be unlocked if children are in school and learning.

Therefore, today we join partners to launch a new wave of activism for girls’ education through the Leave No Girl Behind Campaign. Progress depends on partnership and this campaign is collaborative to the core, bringing together governments, civil society, educationists and youth across the world to call for 12 years of quality education for all girls everywhere

Starting today, this next phase of the campaign will be carried forward to the 2020 Commonwealth Summit in June, when heads of government will gather in Kigali to review commitments made in 2018, including to girls’ education.  

We will not rest until all girls can fulfil their right to the 12 years of quality education they need to learn, lead and succeed.

Join us in taking a stand to #LeaveNoGirlBehind.


Want to learn more about the work of the Leave No Girl Behind Campaign?

Sign up to join a network of girls’ education activists and receive updates about the #LeaveNoGirlBehind Campaign here

Learn more about the background, goals  and direction of the campaign here

Read the REAL Centre research summary report: 12 years of quality education for all girls 


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