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Remember the fundamentals as we build back better in girls’ education

Stephanie Psaki and Karen Austrian, Brookings |

The world has changed dramatically over the last 10 months. In the midst of such broad changes, we might be tempted to throw away our old ways of doing things and figure out a new approach to meeting the needs of women and girls around the world.

But with regard to gender equality in education, many of the fundamentals have stayed the same, and our challenge is to figure out how to update our work to this new reality, while not forgetting the commitments and goals—and other challenges—that preceded COVID-19.

This spring, the Population Council’s GIRL Center launched the Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER), a searchable, easy-to-use, interactive database to drive better education results for girls, boys, and communities around the world. It includes information on current practice (who is doing what, where?), current evidence (what has worked in some settings?) and current needs (where do challenges remain?) in global girls’ education.

Based on insights from EGER, we will be launching a 2021 Roadmap for Girls’ Education in the coming months.

Stephanie Psaki is Director, GIRL Center – Population Council, U.S. and Karen Austrian is Senior Associate, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program – Population Council, Kenya.

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