Girls Learn International (GLI) educates and energizes U.S. students in the global movement for girls’ access to education. GLI pairs Chapters in U.S. middle schools and high schools with Partner Schools in countries where girls still lag behind boys in access to education and where girls are far less likely than boys to stay in school past the primary grades. The GLI Program supports the empowerment of U.S. students as they discover that through their own creative initiatives, dedication, and passionate leadership, they can create real solutions that address the obstacles facing girls and women here and around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.
GLI was founded in July of 2003 by Lisa Alter and her two daughters, Arielle Alter Confino and Jordana Alter Confino.
As authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explain in the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Wolrdwide, “Jordana was moved by the stories she heard [at a United Nations conference] and switched into high gear. She soon started Girls Learn International to raise money for girls’ education abroad. By the time she was in high school, she was a crusader for Girls Learn International, and the group was gathering chapters around the country.”
Girls Learn International was founded on the principles that humanitarianism has no minimum age requirement, and that global youth, in particular girls, have a crucial role to play in leading the movement to affect change for girls and women all over the world.
Want to get involved? Start a GLI Chapter at you school!