New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls

How staying in school through adolescence brings immediate benefits to girls during a high-risk phase of life.

For 15 years the development community has known about the radically high return of investing in girls' education, yet little light has been shed on the intersection of education and adolescent girls. This report fills that gap.

This report highlights the unique educational needs of adolescent girls, provides a first compendium of more than 300 past and current programmes, and spells out concrete actions for change. 

New Lessons forms part of the Girls Count series, produced by the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Other titles include: Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global DevelopmentStart with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global HealthGirls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies and the original report, Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda.


"New Lessons goes beyond the global action agenda in Girls Count, our previous report on girls' education, released in 2008. It seeks to increase understanding about the education of adolescent girls. Given the lack of information on education programmes for girls, it provides new data and analysis from research on more than 300 past and current programmes and projects. It offers evidence on how proven practices, including scholarships for girls and the recruitment and training of female teachers, can increase the number of adolescent girls attending school and highlights the pedagogical approaches that enhance learning and employment."

Authored by:

Cynthia B. Lloyd and Juliet Young