|INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2013: SAVE THE DATE!
11 OCTOBER 2013
|Innovate 2 Educate|
Girls’ education is the one consistent factor that can positively influence not only the lives of girls, but virtually every desired development outcome: from reducing child and maternal mortality, to ending poverty and achieving equitable growth.
The transformative potential of girls’ education has yet to be realized. By investing in girls, we are supporting them as powerful forces for positive global change.
But business as usual is not enough. To achieve our goals, we must be willing to do things differently and innovate. And everyone – from governments to the international and local communities and other allies – must renew and step up their commitments to girls’ education.
The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on 11 October, a day designated by the United Nations for promoting the rights of girls, and addressing the unique challenges they face.
As the lead agency for the Day, UNICEF, in consultation with other United Nations agencies and civil society partners, selected Innovating for Girls’ Education as this year’s theme, in recognition of the importance of fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward.
As the nature and scale of barriers facing girls becomes more complex, innovative strategies are needed to give girls an education that prepares them for the challenges of the 21st century. As the world evaluates the gaps that still remain in achieving global goals for gender equality in education and defines an agenda that moves beyond the Millennium Development Goals, it is critical that innovation brings about solutions for improving girls’ education that are not only more creative, but also more effective, efficient, sustainable and just.
Key Messages (Prepared by UNICEF)