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Priorities for Adolescent Girls' Education

Priorities for Adolescent Girls' Education

Population Council, UN Adolescent Girls Task Force
2012

The field of research and programs for adolescent girls has traditionally focused on sexuality, reproductive health, and behavior, neglecting the broader social and economic issues that underpin adolescent girls’ human rights, overall development, health, and well-being. Further, efforts to improve girls’ lives often spotlight those who control or influence their lives—parents, in-laws, boys, men, perpetrators—overlooking girls themselves.

 

This guide reviews what we know about the educational needs of adolescent girls in poor settings and highlights some of the most promising programmatic approaches. It draws heavily on the compendium of recent program approaches enumerated in New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls and is one of five "GIRLS FIRST! Perspectives on Girl-Centered Programming" thematic reviews, written by experts at the Population Council. The Reviews put forward innovative arguments for investing in girls and highlight promising practices to most quickly and effectively improve girls’ lives.