GIRLS Inspire

An estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower seconday school age were not enrolled in school in 2013 (UNESCO, 2014)

Providing learning opportunities for vulnerable, hard-to-reach women and girls is one of the best investments we can make in working towards sustainable development. Yet, in developing countries, almost one-quarter of all women and girls aged 15-24 have never completed primary school. 

COL recognises that advancing the goals of both women’s empowerment and gender equality are central to "Learning for Sustainable Development." COL, with funding from the governments of Australia and Canada, launched GIRLS Inspire, a three-year project for girls' education, in 2016. Through this project, COL is partnering with community organisations and institutions to support schooling and skills development for some of the world’s most vulnerable and hard-to-reach women and girls using open, distance and technology-enabled learning.

In developing countries, 116 million young women, almost one-quarter of all women of this age group (age 15-24), have never completed primary school (UNESCO, 2014)


The RtU and CEFM projects under GIRLS Inspire produced a successful model for providing relevant skills that lead to livelihoods for unreached and marginalised girls in remote and rural areas in Bangladesh, India, Mozambique, Pakistan and Tanzania. The results showed that 55,978 women and girls successfully completed both life skills and vocational skills training, with 11,374 of them subsequently moving into income-generating activities such as employment or self-employment and 1,181 child marriages were prevented.

Learn more about the GIRLS Inspire project, its theory of change and the partners involved in its community of practice website


Photo Credit: Institute of Adult Education, Tanzania

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