Women Win programme partners focus on three educational aspects; having girls stay in school, or if they have left, go back to school or seek informal education. Research has demonstrated the strong link between years of education and poverty reduction. Getting girls into school and ensuring that they stay and learn has what UNICEF calls a “multiplier effect.” Educated girls are likely to marry later and have fewer children, who in turn will be more likely to survive and be better nourished and educated. Educated girls are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace, and more able to participate in social, economic and political decision-making.
Despite this evidence, formal education of girls is a low priority for many families, especially secondary schooling once girls have reached puberty. To address gaps in formal education for girls, Women Win programme partners incorporate informal education as part of a sport involvement to put girls on the pathway to economic empowerment. The Goal curriculum addresses life-skills in activity guides entitled “Be Yourself, Be Healthy and Be Empowered”. These life-skills can educate girls about math, science, while improving reading, writing and leadership skills. Incorporation of informal education and income generation into a sports programme may be the most realistic strategy to help girls earn money to pay for school fees, allowing them to return and complete primary or higher levels of formal education.