Girls' Education

Program Spotlight

Safe Spaces: Life-skills, Arts, and Sports

Safe Spaces was founded in 2008 by Peninah Nthenya Musyimi who had grown up in challenging circumstances in the slums and recognized the urgent need to provide girls in the slums with a safe space to grow through adolescence into adulthood and to discuss the challenges they face along the way. Safe Spaces offer a variety of empowerment programs aimed at disseminating knowledge, providing emotional support, building skills, and creating tangible opportunities for girls.

Background on Girls' Education

After years of progress in increasing gender parity for education, recent data from the World Bank show declines in primary enrollment and progression to secondary school for girls in low and middle-income countries.

Tackling this disparity is a high priority for the international community, as evidenced by the Global Goals that explicitly call for gender equality in education and beyond. In addition, committed education practitioners are stepping in to address gender imbalances in education access and quality.

The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has identified more than 110 programs working to expand provision and improve the quality of girls’ education.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from seven common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Addressing cultural attitudes through community engagement
2) A strong emphasis on life skills
3) Accelerating curricula to boost access and attendance
4) Community-based learning centers or informal learning opportunities
5) Emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
6) Ensuring safety inside and outside the classroom
7) Girl-friendly or gender sensitive teacher training


This topic page on girls' education in low- and middle-income countries features programs dedicated to girls' access to quality education.

Girls' Education Programs in the CEI Database

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