Innovation, inclusion and finance – these are the drivers of improvements in girls’ education, according to Sarah Brown, Chair of Theirworld.
She said that education “brings normality when a child’s world is turned completely upside down”.
Speaking at a panel event on Wednesday, Sarah called for collective action to bring down the barriers which are stopping some of the world’s most marginalised girls from going to school.
“When we dig deeper, these are girls with obligations in their home, whether caring for younger ones or doing chores in the household,” she said.
Education brings normality when a child’s world is turned completely upside down.
“It might be menstrual hygiene support or pregnancy support. We need to drill down and work out what the right thing is to do that will help that group and make sure that everyone who is not included can be included.”
But Theirworld’s Chair said that improvements at scale would never be achieved unless world leaders committed to innovative new ways to invest in education.
She called on governments to back the International Finance Facility for Education, a new fund designed to maximise funding from donors to help poorer countries invest in education.
The panel discussion was part of a series of events called the Future of Humanitarian Action, run by the Hilton Foundation and Devex in support of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.