Speaking Up for Global Girls’ Education


Assembled at the second Global Forum on Girls’ Education are the world’s leading educators, researchers, advocates, and authors on girls’ education. We have come together—from near and far—to share innovations and best practices for girls’ education on a global scale.

Today, our world is more interdependent, and yet divergent, than ever before. Our greatest challenges are truly global in scope: from climate change to human rights; to global health and sustainable human development. From global access to clean water and healthy food; to diplomatic breakdowns and domestic polarization.

Educated, empowered women will be indispensable to overcoming these challenges. Our job is to help educate, nurture, and empower the girls who will become these indispensable women.

NCGS Executive Director Megan Murphy

We are the incredible men and women who have the honor—and the responsibility—to educate today’s girls who will become tomorrow’s leaders. And we are passionate about ever-improving how we fulfill this mission. Now, more than any other moment in history, it is important to educate girls to become the women who are needed to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

We are here to discuss, debate, and exchange best teaching practices. Our Pledge to stand up—and speak up—for girls’ education around the world distills the common values we all share: that girlseducation should impart inspiration, confidence, collaboration, empowerment, and community.

The incredible breadth and depth of our program would not be possible without the support of 16 Strategic Partners from around the globe. By contributing their expertise and speakers, our Strategic Partners have helped to transform this Forum into a space of collaboration and shared learning. Thank you to these organizations for their leadership, partnership, and commitment over the past two years to create the Global Forum on Girls’ Education II.

The attendees at this Global Forum represent 22 home nations:

  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Working in concert with our Strategic Partners over the past two years, we identified six universal themes in girls’ education around which we organized the Global Forum:

  1. Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future
  2. Iterating to Innovate: Designing Inspired Experiences and Learning Environments
  3. Moving Full STEAM Ahead: Girls’ Schools Closing the Gender Gap
  4. Leveraging Partnerships: Making the Most of Local and Global Communities
  5. Moving from Reactive to Proactive: Making Health & Wellness a Core Subject
  6. Embracing Equity & Inclusion: Managing the Intersection of Identities

In addition to our 11 keynote and featured speakers gathered from around the world, the Global Forum includes more than 200 programming options, organized around the universal themes. Offerings include 85 breakout sessions, 60 INSPIRE! roundtable discussions, and SNAP! sessions, where attendees hear five to six unique stories highlighting the extraordinary impact girls’ schools have on the lives of individual students.

This Global Forum offers what we hope are unparalleled collaboration and cross-cultural connections. We are confident you will learn from a wide range of thought-leaders, you will expand your professional network, and you will leave here with a renewed sense of how best to stand up—and speak up—for the education of girls around the globe!

Megan Murphy, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

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