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International Day of the Girl: 10 Things to Know & Useful Resources on Girls' Education

Today, October 11, 2012, the World Bank is proud to join others around the world in celebrating the first International Day of the Girl Child. The World Bank, working with governments and other partners including the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, is committed to supporting interventions that are proven to address gender equality because we know that gender equality is smart economics. Enabling girls and young women to have the chance to learn in order to lead healthy, productive lives so they can positively contribute to their families, their communities, and their countries requires sustained investments in data collection, research, dialogue, and effective interventions. Today we celebrate the progress achieved and recognize the work ahead. 

The following are select resources on girls' education to help you celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Slideshow - 10 Things you Should Know about Girls' Education

2012 World Development Report, Gender Equality and Development and the companion piece Getting to Equal: Promoting Gender Equality through Human Development

Recent blogs from our April 2012 Colloquium 'Getting to Equal in Education: Addressing Gender and Multiple Sources of Disadvangate to Achieve Learning':  

  • Interview: A “Bright Horizon” for Girls’ Education. Amina Az-Zubair, CEO, Center for Development Policy Solutions and former Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) share her thoughts on the links between girls’ education and economic growth; key actions for “getting to equal” for girls; and the path for girls’ education beyond the 2015 MDG deadline.
  • Girls' education: Where do we stand?  and Getting to Equal in Education. Elizabeth King, Director of Education at the World Bank, discusses why gender equality is smart economics and what the World Bank is doing to actively advance Learning for All.
  • Education—An Integral Piece of the Gender Puzzle. Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, talks about how gender is a cross-cutting an issue and how each sector has a role to play in working towards gender equality.

Also, follow @Wbeducation for quotes, information, and statistics on girls’ education and use the hashtag #ittakes to respond to World Bank President Jim Kim's question #whatwillittake to get all girls in schools worldwide?, or post a response on the blog


Submitted by shakti on
hi i think in now days girls are highly educated,and they can do everything for more about other things ,you should have click below ---------------- outline

In this male dominant society as there is no certain special space for female, by following these trends in many countries we can found that female are suffered from many lacks and opportunities. In my point of view male and female both are measure in the same category of society then why the hell female are being always dominated by male. We are really aware of the issues that in the current time period female are developing their skills and strategies in various sectors and fields, so therefore in the occasion of International Day of Girls we must appreciate their presence and appearance in the society we can't imagine a society without uneducated girls.

Submitted by daissy on
hi, I am quite impressed by your blog n feeling proud to be a girl, as government is taking steps for girls/ women. Its really good, that the world started celebrating International day of girl child. Its 21st century, girls & boys should be given a equal chance. .....................