Girls’ Champion Network
Lifting Up The Global Ambition For Girls’ Education Through A Network Of Leaders.
Building on the progress to date, the global community must move its collective focus from enrolling girls and boys in school in equal numbers to ensuring that girls complete secondary education with the skills they need for healthy and productive lives and livelihoods. This requires advancing the “second generation” girls’ education priorities, including access, school safety, quality learning, transitions beyond secondary, and leadership development.
To ensure that all girls have safe learning and skill-building opportunities, the international community must strengthen and empower the individual leaders who best understand their communities, the challenges girls face, and have the insights needed to develop strategies for overcoming complex barriers. The Let Girls Learn effort, championed by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, aims to increase attention and efforts around adolescent girls’ education and hones in on the priority of supporting local leadership.
A global network to connect local leaders within and across countries will help to ensure that those on the frontline of girls’ education strategies are at the center of this new movement and well-resourced with effective strategies, information, and fortified capacity, ultimately helping the global community achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Goals and Purpose of the Network
The network has been designed to achieve a greater vision for girls and their lives, and is mission- centered on girls’ education leaders with three main goals for network participation. Goal 1: Connect Support and empower individual girls’ education leaders by connecting them to each other and to other organizations and networks who can learn from, support them and amplify their voices.
Goal 2: Share Knowledge and Innovate Create a platform for individual girls’ education leaders to share evidence and good practices, as well as to collaborate in order to innovate and develop new knowledge, leveraging knowledge and products from existing networks and sharing new innovations back with them.
Goal 3: Build Capacity Work with partner networks and organizations to strengthen individual leaders through sharing professional development, capacity building, management and leadership resources, products and opportunities with girls’ education leaders.
Members Engagement and Partnership
Network members will be a diverse array of individual local girls’ education champions working across different sectors and at national, regional or local levels. Network involvement will facilitate connection, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within and across countries globally, filling a gap where other networks are focused on organizational membership.
High-level leader engagement is also a component, with recognized champions working to amplify the work of girls’ education leaders around the world. First Lady Obama will continue to serve as a champion for the issue
is also a component, with recognized champions working to amplify the work of girls’ education leaders around the world. First Lady Obama will continue to serve as a champion for the issuePartner organizations, including other complementary groups, will contribute by sharing resources and opportunities, as well as learning from and leveraging the network’s knowledge base. At this time, more than 30 existing organizations and networks have committed to supporting network activities and goals through contributions of talent, expertise, and in-kind support.
Network Activities and Outcomes
While the girls’ education field has developed greatly in recent years, there is still much to be done to ensure all girls have the learning opportunities and skills they need for their futures. As a result of the network, its activities, and strong partner engagement, the following outcomes are envisioned.
1. A robust network of individual girls’ education leaders will be established.
2. Girls’ education leaders will have improved access to evidence and learning, tools, guidance and support, training and other capacity and leadership development opportunities in order to overcome barriers to girls’ education.
3. The quality of the work of the leaders in the network will be improved, based on the knowledge, evidence and innovations shared and integrated back into member work across the education field.
4. A dynamic knowledge base for the field of girls’ education will be built as good practices and lessons learned are channeled back into a wide group of stakeholders through network discussions and activities.
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