WHAT IS UNGEI
UNGEI is a partnership that operates in various countries in the developing nations. UNGEI embraces United Nations system, governments, donor countries, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and communities and families all over the world. UNICEF is the lead agency for UNGEI and the secretariat for UNGEI is based at UNICEF New York HQs.
How can I contact UNGEI (in my country)?
UNGEI Focal Points in different regions facilitate the coordination of girls’ education strategies and interventions at the country level. For information on focal point in your region please go to the Contact us page. You may also contact the UNGEI Secretariat.
What does UNGEI do?
UNGEI’s goal is to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education by 2005 and to ensure that by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to all levels of education. For detailed information on what UNGEI does and how we work, go to ‘’What is UNGEI?" or read our 2012 Annual Report where we highlight all our major activities at global, regional and country levels.
What are UNGEI's policy advocacy priorities?
In order to maximize efforts which are the most needed and which will have the highest impact on girls’ education around the world, UNGEI is focusing policy advocacy efforts on four key strategic priorities:
- An enhanced focus on marginalized and excluded groups;
- The reduction/elimination of school-related gender-based violence;
- Improved learning outcomes for girls; and
- An increased number of girls transitioning to secondary education and accessing post-primary opportunities.
Learn more about these priorities here.
What is UNGEI doing in my country, or in different countries around the world?
For information on UNGEI activities in different countries, please click on Information by Country and select the country you wish to learn more about.
What does the acronym UNGEI stand for?
UNGEI stands for United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. It was launched in April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Its goal is to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education by 2005 and to ensure that by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to all levels of education.
What organizations are currently involved with UNGEI?
We have a page listing our Global Advisory Committee and Partners.
How can I get involved?
UNGEI has a compelling mandate, and we receive numerous requests from concerned individuals and groups wishing to get involved. While we continue to be inspired by the outpouring of goodwill from those wanting to help make a difference in girls' lives, unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to individual and group requests for volunteer opportunities, communication with school groups in specific countries, print materials for research papers, funding support, etc. Instead, we urge you to turn to the web sites of our Global Advisory Committee members, partners and the National Committees for UNICEF, many of which have outlets for such requests. We continue to seek the partnership of organizations involved in international development for collaboration at global, regional and country levels. And we welcome your continuous feedback on our web site and our work. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for caring.
What employment opportunities are available at UNGEI?
UNGEI is a partnership of organizations working at the global, regional and national levels, which contribute to the partnership for girls’ education. As a result, UNGEI does not employ individuals directly. For more information regarding job opportunities, please visit the websites of the Global Advisory Committee.
How can I send a donation to UNGEI?
UNGEI is a partnership of organizations working at the global, regional and national levels, which fund the partnership for girls’ education. As a result, UNGEI does not accept donations from individuals or corporations directly.
However, if you would like to make a contribution to one of the partner organizations that make the work of UNGEI possible, please make the donation directly to the organizations:UNICEF
For more information please contact us.