Education sqTHP perspective: Education is not merely skill acquisition – it can transform peoples’ mindset from a state of powerlessness and dependency, to taking charge of their own lives and destinies.

Key interventions:

  • Pre-school education
  • Keeping girls in secondary school
  • Adult literacy
  • Vision, Commitment and Action
  • Mass awareness on key priorities such as sanitation, women’s rights, health, nutrition and farming.
  • Leadership Skills

Key messages:

  • Smith and Haddad (2000) found that women’s education is associated with almost 43% of the reduction in child malnutrition in developing countries from 1970 to 1995. (Cited in the report of the Millennium Project, 2005).

Global campaigns and initiatives:

  • Global Education First Initiative: The UN Secretary General’s initiative to (a) put every child in school, (b) improve the quality of education, (c) foster global citizenship.
  • Education for All Movement: Launched in 2000 in Dakar, 164 countries committed to six goals by 2015.
  • Global Campaign for Education: Civil Society movement to end the education crisis.
  • Let Girls Learn: A new initiative by the First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world.

Key agencies:

Relevant posts on this site:

  1. If, When and Whom to Marry: Young Women Choosing Their Best Future of Health April 12, 2019
  2. PNPM Progress: A Path Towards Sustainability in Indonesia March 15, 2017
  3. DC Launch of 2016 Access to Nutrition Index March 1, 2016
  4. UNICEF Calls for Innovation November 10, 2015
  5. Launch of I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators, with Ziauddin Yousafzai December 1, 2014
  6. What constitutes an enabling environment for the poor to succeed in their own development? April 29, 1994

Key reports and data sources:

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