Gender and Education

Breaking down gender-related barriers to education so that all learners, especially girls and the most marginalized, have access to quality learning opportunities from pre-primary through higher education.

Over the past 25 years, sustained efforts to improve girls’ education have resulted in substantial progress toward gender parity in education. Yet, learners continue to be marginalized on the basis of gender. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequality, jeopardizing recent progress and disproportionately disadvantaging girls and women. 

USAID works to advance gender equality in and through education, around the world. USAID is advancing this work with diverse, context-specific strategies, including:

  • Helping the most marginalized learners, especially girls and young women, get back on track during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ensuring that educational materials and instruction empower learners of all gender identities.
  • Providing safe learning opportunities for women and girls facing adversity, conflict, and crisis, particularly those who are displaced.
  • Promoting gender in the generation, reporting, and use of data and evidence.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with local, regional, and international stakeholders to elevate gender issues in policy and practice.
  • Holistically supporting adolescent girls to overcome their unique set of challenges.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID is focused on building back more resilient and equitable education systems that serve the most marginalized— especially women and girls. 

USAID is proud to endorse the G-7’s Declaration on girls’ education: recovering from COVID-19 and unlocking agenda 2030 and two new, ambitious milestone objectives for the Sustainable Development Goal #4: 1) 40 million more girls in school by 2026 in low- and lower-middle-income countries; and 2) 20 million more girls reading by age ten or the end of primary school in low- and lower-middle-income countries by 2026. 

 USAID's gender and covid-19 guidance 


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