Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Life Skills & Mindsets, Girls' Education Ecosystem

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

A Active

Key Information

First, we catalyze work that promises to fast-track improved outcomes for girls. Our chosen accelerators address pivotal moments in a girl’s life: early childhood and adolescence. In early childhood, we focus on how support early in life lays the groundwork for later learning. In adolescence, we concentrate on the wide array of skills and mindsets that help girls succeed academically. For both of these critical windows of girls’ development, we build knowledge, advance practice and drive system change. Second, we support a robust ecosystem in girls’ education, among implementers, advocates, researchers and champions, so that effective ideas can take root and thrive. Here, we seek to propel others to do more and better work for girls, while supporting a cadre of leaders across lower-income countries. Our work aims to not only increase funding for quality education but ensure that funding goes toward solutions that evidence tells us works for girls.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)



Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2015 -


Africa Early Childhood Network, Boston College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Breakthrough, Bridgespan, CRECCOM, CSSL, Going to School, IDinsight, Kimanya, Komo Learning Center, Mobile Creches, Philanthropy University, Raising Voices, Spring Impact, Stir, Young Lives, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Early childhood development
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training


  • Civics education
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Masculinities/boys
  • Mentorship
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Pre-school
  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Boys (both in school and out of school)
  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Competency-level grouping

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown