Be the spark that starts a chain reaction!

 Be The Spark

Did you know?

Right now 34 million girls don’t go to secondary school[1] 

  • Just 2 out of 130 countries have reached the Millennium Development Goal of gender parity in all levels of education[2]
  • Only 39 per cent of countries have equal proportions of boys and girls enrolled in secondary education.[3]  
  • Two thirds of illiterate adults worldwide are women.


When girls can’t go to school they are more likely to:

  • be married too young
  • experience violence
  • live in poverty
  • become infected with HIV
  • die of maternal complications 

.......and their children will be more likely to continue in this vicious circle.


It doesn’t have to be this way. 

If a girl is educated, she is safer, healthier, wealthier and more likely to thrive, as are her family and her community.  It’s a chain reaction, and girls' education is the spark that starts it.

Our new campaign aims to support one million girls to go on to secondary education. 


With your help, we will be able to:

  1. Support young people to speak out to decision makers about girls’ education
  2. Organize community action projects
  3. Deliver non-formal education to children and young people  
  4. Create a global action starting on 12 August, International Youth Day


Be the spark

Take action in your community today

Have a look at all the action ideas in our activity pack and see what Guides and Girl Scouts are doing around the world. Tell the world about your action on our action log.

Your actions will help us build momentum for a global action starting on 12 August, International Youth Day. We’ll take our education message to the United Nations General Assembly, and the more actions you take the stronger our voice will be.

Join the chain reaction, sign up to our campaign email list for updates!


Coming up:

  • Be the change toolkit to support you to develop and deliver social change projects on the MDGs, including MDG 2: Education.  Available March 2013
  • Be the Spark backpack: online toolkit which is packed with key messages, fact sheets, sample letters to decision-makers and other campaign tools. Available June 2013


Learn more about girls’ education


Speak out with WAGGGS

  • Follow our delegation at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014, where young women will be speaking out to ensure education is included in the post 2015 agenda
  • Get ready for our Be the Spark global action: from 12 August until 8 September, International Youth Day until International Literacy Day.  
  • UN General Assembly in September 2014: we will send a delegation to the UN to share all the actions you have logged. Your actions will make our voice stronger and help us to influence decision makers to make sure education is a top priority at global and national level.  Applications for a place in the delegation will open soon.



[2] The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, New York

[3] World Atlas of gender equality in education, UNESCO