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International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations website explains, “The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”

At Girls Education International, we focus on the needs and challenges faced by girls in Pakistan and Tanzania all year long, but in October we have the unique opportunity to raise even more awareness on International Day of the Girl Child.

We invite teachers and students to join us in raising awareness and celebrating the power, intelligence, and agency that girls around the world have! Let’s work together by sharing stories and inspiration to make sure girls can leverage their many strengths to become strong voices in their community, to impact change on local and global levels, to be leaders, to be educators, and to forge a path for girls that follow in their footsteps.

Ideas Worth Sharing

For Teachers & Students


There are so many ways to be involved from your classroom. Girl Rising is an organization that has already done so much work to create amazing curricula for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools (US-focus, but adaptable internationally). Their films, issue fact sheets, teacher resources, project-based lessons, and assessments provide an ideal platform for learning and raising awareness at your school and in your communities.


Does your school have a club dedicated to women and girls? What about starting a Girls Ed Club at your school! Girls Ed clubs can organize events that aim to raise awareness and raise funds. Activities can include

  • Celebrating big days like International Day of the Child or International Women’s Day

  • Launching a book club or a school-wide “common read” that lets you explore any of the books on our Reading List (see right) with classmates, teachers, and even parents!

  • Hosting fundraising events such as sales (books, cupcakes, hot chocolate and candy canes), races (Run Like a Girl 5k), STEM project showcases, and so many more ideas that students come up with!

  • Online fundraising (see our Support Toolkit)