GCN, this year’s laureates for #GWE challenge received UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2020
Girl Child Network, is recognized for its project, “Our Right to Learn – Reaching the Unreached”, which provides access to quality primary school education for vulnerable children, including girls prevented from accessing or completing primary education. Since 2012, the project has reached 51,936 children in 240 primary schools, including 25,937 girls, through education programmes, gender and disability-friendly school facilities and community-based social mobilization, transforming negative attitudes standing in the way of girls’ education.
An international jury selected the laureates from nominations submitted by UNESCO Member States and partner nongovernmental organizations.
Each of the laureates will be awarded US$50,000 to help further their work in advancing girls’ and women’s education.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO celebrated the 2020 laureates through an online campaign linked to the #InternationalDayOfTheGirlChild. The celebration featured video messages from UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Professor Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People’s Republic of China and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education.