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Girls Education Collaborative

The whole girl. The whole world.

aka GEC

Buffalo, NY


We forge partnerships that support education-centered, community-driven initiatives in developing countries to improve opportunities for girls. We share what we learn and we learn from others.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Anne Wadsworth

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640 Ellicott Street DIG @ The Innovation Center

Buffalo, NY 14203 USA


Girls Education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

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What we aim to solve

It is estimated that there are 130 million girls around the world not is school. For millions of these girls the reason they are out of school is simple - it's because they are a girl. Gender-based barriers are wide and deep and include Female Genital mutilation and child-marriage. Other barriers range from lack of toilets or products for menstruating girls to expectations to help at home. Girls Education Collaborative feeds social change by equipping marginalized, at-risk girls with education and life skills to help them develop their own agency and realize their fullest potential. We do this through deep partnerships with locally-driven initiatives in rural, under-served areas of developing economies. First and foremost this is a human rights issue - girls deserve equity of opportunity and control of their destiny. In addition, evidence is indicating that an educated female population fights generation critical poverty, poor health and endemic disease and even climate change.

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Kitenga School For Girls

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Our vision is a gender-equal world where all girls are in school and no longer barred from fulfilling and life-equipping education simply because they are a girl. We aim to help communities create high-quality, accessible educational opportunity for the world's most at-risk and marginalized girls.

Our approach varies from traditional Western-led international development efforts. We believe that local individuals and organizations are best suited to understand their community’s needs and drive locally-supported solutions. We also realize that these local change-makers may not have the capacity or networks to access the needed resources and capital to create paradigm-shifting change—a depth of change that replaces the usual by new and different. GEC’s role is to help provide that essential support for the local change agents focused on ending gender discrimination and lifting girls up through the transformative power of education. Our support is responsive, flexible, and multi-faceted. It can include financial assistance, thought partnership, and project management. We offer partnership to locally driven, led, and owned initiatives. We believe that by linking arms with local efforts, we can help create robust educational environments for girls where few, if any, exist. We have no ownership, nor final say, but bring a willingness to engage deeply and for the long run as we believe this is what leads to enduring, sustainable change.

GEC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that raises money from individuals, foundations, corporations and other platforms to support girls education initiatives in rural, under-served areas of the developing economies. We provide hard-to-access resources—such as direct financial support, expertise, and capacity building to help launch, build, and strengthen initiatives focused on educating some of the world’s most marginalized girls. We engage deeply, actively, and frequently with our core partners. We listen, and we problem solve together. We build understanding and work together for the common good. We are committed to measuring outcomes but know that not each outcome can be measured. We are team players who respect that the final call rests with the local change-maker. Collaborative is in our name for a reason. We aim to be advocates for our partners and, to the best of our own ability and capacity, leverage additional partners and collaborators to realize the collective shared vision.

Our first partnership is with the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa to build, open and grow a secondary school for girls in Tanzania. As the school is nelwy opened, only a preliminary Measurement and Evaluation Framework is in place. As the school matures, more tolls will be in place to understand the impact the school is making.

In January 2017, the Kitenga Secondary School For Girls officially opened, welcoming in 58 girls ages 12-13 as it's first class. The school is now hosting 100 students in 3 grades and the school just ranked #1 in their district on a competitive national exam (Form Two National Exams, Tanzania). The school is anticipated to grow by 40% in the next school year (Jan. 2020) and at full enrollment will be close to 500 students. In order to accommodate enrollment growth, more infrastructure is underway. In order to help all students succeed, programs are being developed and piloted. In addition, as funds are available, programming in the arts, athletics, land leadership and like skills training will grow.

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