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Leave no girl behind

20 April 2018

Susy Ndaruhutse, Head of Education Reform at Education Development Trust, attended a reception to highlight the importance of ensuring 12 years of quality education and learning for all as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on 19 April.

Hosted by Boris Johnson – and with guest appearances from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – the assembled ministers, civil society organisations and expert educationalists came together to ensure that together, we leave no girl behind.

Quality basic education

The event reiterated Theresa May's pledge from earlier in the week to provide £212 million to support 1 million disadvantaged girls in  Commonwealth states to access 12 years of quality basic education.

Boris Johnson also launched his new Platform for Girls' Education at the event: a group of 12 influential people from across the Commonwealth who will lead on the agenda and in ensuring there is momentum to support girls' education. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya, will co-chair the platform with Boris Johnson. She gave a supporting speech highlighting the important work that is already taking place in Kenya to address the challenges girls face.

Changing behaviours

'At Education Development Trust, we are helping to address this challenge through our Girls' Education Challenge work in Kenya,' expresses Susy. 'We have managed to get some 80,000 number of girls into school and to stay in school and so it is essential that we are part of these discussions. Our holistic approach – where we work not only with the girls themselves and the schools but also with the families and the communities – has seen major behavioural change. And by training teachers and improving the quality of education generally, boys are benefitting too.'

Find out more about our Girls' Education Challenge work in Kenya.