Progress as we approach 2015
In many places, getting girls to go to school is a huge challenge.
Getting them to stay in school is even harder, and ensuring they receive high quality education is pushing development programs into new terrain.
According to the latest U.N. data, up to 123 million youths lack basic reading and writing skills, and 61 percent of them are young women.
A wide-angled approach to education
Young women and girls still face obstacles to attending and staying in school that their male counterparts do not: early marriage, gender-specific responsibilities at home and personal safety concerns, among others.
Devex spoke with Plan USA President and CEO Tessie San Martin to hear more about the state of the international community's efforts to achieve equal and universal education goals, and about how progress in girls' education requires a broader view of the enabling environment that surrounds school attendance and completion.
San Martin visited our studio in Washington, D.C., to share her thoughts as part of our ongoing She Builds campaign, focused on the intersection of women and development.
Infrastructure changes versus system changes
She Builds is a month-long conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, Creative Associates, JBS International as well as the Millennium Challenge Corp., United Nations Office for Project Services and the U.K. Department for International Development.