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Project information

Educating Girls in the Commonwealth

We aim to help an additional 10-20 of the brightest but financially disadvantaged girls around the Commonwealth achieve a secondary education in their own country. In the last 50 years the CGEF has helped educate thousands of girls to become empowered women, inspiring communities and changing lives

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF)

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  • Need


    Being born a female is often a disadvantage in many cultures and as such education is rarely seen as a priority for the females in the family.

    Economic, social, political & cultural issues such as FGM, child marriage, war and poverty are just some of the challenges young girls all over the Commonwealth have in common; preventing them from ever breaking the cycle poverty and cultural practices forces upon them.


    Education has proven to empower girls to change their futures for the better, which in turn can inspire a community to value their girls and women and liberate them from various restraints.
    Our project will enable girls to get a secondary education where they would not otherwise be able to do so; and become one of the thousands of girls the CGEF have sponsored over the last 50 years to become doctors, midwives, lawyers, activists and even leaders in their own countries.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Sponsorship of an additional 10-20 clever but disadvantaged girls to achieve a secondary education.


    » We would be able to consider more applications which we receive from schools from Asia, Pacific, Caribbean and Africa and pick the 20 best applicants

    What success will look like

    Provide a profile on the additional girls sponsored, showing their improved academic record since sponsorship, personal accounts from the girls and head teacher comments.

  • Impact


    By sponsoring a girl for between 2-6 years, the CGEF are able to monitor the long term impact secondary education has on them, through annual school reports, handwritten letters, photos and head teacher reports.

    After finishing school, the girls are better equipped to further advance their education & training, with many of them going onto professions which they can/ and have used to help their own communities.

    The CGEF will always commit to the completion of a girls secondary schooling.


    Economic, cultural, health, political, social or even environmental risks often challenge the lives of girls in many of communities where we sponsor around the Commonwealth.

    We deal with this by working with contacts 'on the ground', High Commissions and our wide network of supporters to ensure the right support is given. This could be by extending sponsorship to get them back into school or connecting them with partners to facilitate relief where appropriate.


    Our annual contact with schools allows us to update each girl's profile and note any major issues which could have affected their grades and schooling. We have a system of transparency and annual reporting with our donors and can offer to designate girls to their donations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Annual sponsorship 20 girls sponsored at an average of £300 each for a year.
  • Background


    The charity is based in the UK but extends its reach to 21/53 of the Commonwealth member states covering the Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Africa.
    Our sponsorship is received by girls in some of the remotest parts of the world and include countries which have been hit by natural disaster e.g. Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu at the beginning of 2015 and epidemics such as as the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, where all 20 of our girls survived but many lost members of their family or became orphans.


    In the first instance each individual girl will enjoy the benefits of a secondary education, but by extension, so will her family who will be relieved of the financial burden and in some cases a whole community.

    One of our champion recipients of CGEF sponsorship in Kenya, led the fight against FGM in her community and last year went on to speak at the United Nations. She has now gone on to teacher training, so that she too can empower young girls to become leaders in their own community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In 2017 the CGEF will be 50 years old and since its inception has helped thousands of girls all over the Commonwealth achieve an education. The CGEF is unique in the way it woks very closely with each girl to monitor her progress; and has had a history of intimately knowing the circumstances of each girl. Sponsorship is also tailored to the needs of each individual.
    The CGEF is also well connected to the Royal Commonwealth Society & Commonwealth Secretariat who promotes and supports our aims.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Our board of 11 skilled trustees manage the charitable activities of the fund, approve sponsorship and seek new fundraising opportunities.

    Administrative Secretary

    Processing of sponsorship applications and renewals and acts as the link between the 59 schools the charity sponsor into and the trustees.


    The Rt.Hon Baroness Boothroyd OM, Baroness Flather JP, DL, Baroness Howells & Baroness Burt promote and support our charity within their circles.

    High Commissions & Commonwealth Civil Societies

    Our network of supporters allows us to safely connect to new schools, assist in international communications and promote our charity to new donors.


On average, £300 will sponsor a girl for one year through secondary education.

Educate A Girl. Empower A Woman. Inspire A Community. Change Lives.

Commonwealth Girls Education Fund