‘Embrace Equity’ is the theme for International Women’s’ Day 2023. We at the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund believe that this message, is echoed in our vision and mission.
By providing sponsorship opportunities for girls only, the CGEF has actively promoted the message of equity for girls since 1967. Our work assists bright girls who would not otherwise be able to gain a secondary education. Our work to empower and inspire young women across the Commonwealth into secondary education, enables them to study more confidently, and pursue their dreams of becoming agents of positive change in their communities.
Supported by your generous donations and gifts, the vast majority of our awardee’s complete secondary school with higher level certificates. This is a huge achievement for most, while others go on to university and attain tertiary qualifications. This success is a source of great pride to the girls, their families, and their communities. It is also an indication of the untapped potential that is lost when bright and talented girls are denied access to an education.
The last three years has further highlighted the differential outcomes experienced by girls as compared to boys when accessing education. UNICEF data from 2022 suggests that despite the gains made in the last 25 years, girls were still at a disadvantage in at least 30 different countries, where boys were more likely to stay on in education as children transitioned from primary to lower secondary school. Many girls finish primary school with very high scores enabling them to enter secondary school. However, they are prevented from progressing further due to financial constraints. With your assistance, the CGEF will continue to promote greater equity for Commonwealth girls.
Donate today and help us provide bright girls with an opportunity to pursue their vision of becoming change makers of the future.