Advancing Girls’ Secondary Education towards SDG 4 and 5

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Are you part of a programme that promotes girls in secondary education?

Do you have innovations that can help the performance, retention and access of female students at secondary level?

If so, here’s a chance to enter your innovation in a competition for a chance to win an amazing cash prize of US$1,000! Or nominate an organisation/individual that will appreciate this opportunity.

DEADLINE: 25th December 2016 at 11:59 pm UTC


The ADEA-WGEMPS is searching for innovative programmes/projects/ideas/activities that advance girls’ in secondary education in Africa. Initiatives should cover formal and/or non-formal education programmes that improve girls’ access, retention and performance at secondary school level. This is an opportunity for individuals and/or organisations around the world with innovative and scalable technologies/initiatives/ideas/solutions that are/can help girls gain access to quality education.

The Problem

Millions of girls in Africa are still being denied access to education. 34 million female adolescents are out-of-school, missing out on the chance to learn vital skills for work. Despite the educational achievements and efforts of the MDGs, there remain significant challenges and barriers to girls’ secondary education such as

  • Early Marriages and childbearing
  • Long travelling distance to school
  • Security concerns and gender based violence
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Cultural values
  • Financial constraints

Why this Challenge?

Educating girls has enormous social and economic returns. These returns are well reflected in reduced female fertility rates, improved infant mortality rates, contained early marriages, 10% to 20% increase in future earnings, increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS and safer sex, reduced vulnerability to gender based violence and human trafficking, improved nutrition and health, as well as increased civic and political participation, among other benefits.

This challenge seeks to provide a platform for reviewing possible successes in the acceleration of girls into secondary school, and advance the scaling up of these programmes in support of the 4th and 5th Sustainable Developmental Goals.

Goal # 4

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities."

Goal # 5

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls."

We believe that together, we can identify innovative solutions that can meaningfully improve educational opportunities for girls at secondary level.

Help us publicise a new pattern of girls’ secondary education for our society. Share your ambitions and progress, and be visible to an audience of would-be partners, investors and fans.


The challenge prize offers a reward of US$1000.00 to whoever receives the highest number of accumulated votes. Terms and Conditions apply.

Guiding Principle

This challenge is a global conversation and we trust that everyone will approach it with empathy and respect. We believe that keeping comments optimistic, solution-focused, and sensitive to different cultural perspectives helps to create an environment where everyone’s opinions are welcome. Honoring this pledge, will help us collaborate and design together.

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