In 2011, Global Action Week targeted girls’ education with the ‘Make it Right‘ campaign. In 2005 the world missed the first target agreed within the framework for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by that year.

Disparity in enrolments between boys and girls has shrunk since 2000, but completition and progression rates remain shockingly low: in 47 out of 54 African countries, girls have less than a 50% chance of going to secondary school, and women and girls still make up the majority of adults and children who cannot read.

Global Action Week asked supporters to tell their stories about girls’ education, with thousands of schools taking part in this activity. A report was produced in partnership with GCE member Results, and a film was created on our behalf with GCE supporter 10×10.

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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that aims to end exclusion in education. Education is a basic human right, and our mission is to make sure that governments act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education.