Girls Education Challenge ( GEC )

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Launched in 2012, the Girls’ Education Challenge (funded by the UK Department for International Development) aims to help up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education by finding better ways to get girls in school and ensuring they receive the best opportunities in life.  The programme operates in 17 countries, supporting 42 projects across Africa and Asia with a wide range of non-state organisations.  PwC is the Fund Manager and works within an alliance of PwC, Social Development Direct and Nathan Associates.  DFID has committed to extending the GEC to 2025, which includes continued support for existing beneficiaries as well as support to additional interventions focused on marginalized adolescent girls.  Two funding windows have been established to fulfil this remit:  1.  GEC Transition:  existing projects that accelerate girls’ learning outcomes, retention, and progression to the next level of education.  Projects are focused on making use of innovative partnerships to provide or strengthen excellent quality primary and secondary education which is affordable, accessible, and overcomes barriers for marginalized girlsThe GEC Transition project in Rwanda is led by Health Poverty Action.  2.  GEC Leave No Girl Behind (LNGB):  These are a new set of projects, launched in late 2018, to support 10 – 19 year old out of school girls to gain functional literacy, numeracy and other relevant skills to enable them to transition into education and onwards to work.

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Mailing/Postal address: girlseducationchallenge@uk.pwc.com

Main contact email: Barbara@sddirect.org.uk

Directions to find Country Office:

Began work in Rwanda in year: 2013

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Leadership of organisation

Name: Barbara Harvey                                                                                                        Role: Portfolio Manager – Central Africa                                                                          CellPhone:078 926 645                                                                                                    E-mail: Barbara@sddirect.org.uk

Educational Activities and Districts we are working in

  • Access to Education
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity Building
  • Children with Disability
  • Children’s Rights
  • Construction
  • Curriculum Development
  • Girls’ Education
  • Language Learning- English
  • Language Learning – Kinyarwanda
  • Literacy
  • Orphans & Vulnerable Students
  • Parent/ Community Involvement in Education
  • Parenting/ Community Education
  • Resources and Equipment
  • School Leadership & Management
  • Teacher CPD
  • Youth Empowerment