Empowering Girls Through Climate-Smart Education and Training:

A Pathway to Resilient Communities and Sustainable Futures


Educating girls in a community has been shown to increase a community’s resilience to climate change and reduce carbon emissions. When girls are empowered with a high-school education level or greater, they have access to wider possibilities and can contribute to a community’s resilience to climate change. Another co-benefit of educating girls through high-school is that the typical family size has been observed to be reduced by about half compared to providing no education.  

Training women and girls on climate-smart technologies can help women in developing countries contribute to the fight against climate change. As well, investing in girls’ education contributes to the development of stable communities and stronger economies.

If funding is available, special training programs at these training centers could be combined with scholarships for girls and women to provide them with access to education and training with climate-smart technologies. The education programs would include training on a range of climate-smart technologies, such as biochar, and how to access funding to implement these technologies.

Girls’ Education & Related Information

1) Articles about Girls’ Education Relating to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation:
b) Malala.org: Girls Education
f) Brookings: Why is girls’ education important for climate action? by Christina Kwauk, February 10, 2021.
g) Brookings: Climate change, fertility and girls’ education by Homi Kharas. Feb. 16, 2016.
h) Brookings: Want to save the planet? Invest in girls’ education by Rebecca Winthrop and Homi Kharas, Mar. 3, 2016.
i) Brookings: 3 ways to link girls’ education actors to climate action by Christina Kwauk and Amanda Braga, Sep. 27, 2017
j) Brookings: How can we implement education for climate action and climate justice? by Christina Kwauk, January 11, 2021
k) Brookings: Why is girls’ education important for climate action? by Christina Kwauk, February 10, 2021.

2) Education Resources:

a) OneBillion presents their open-source, scalable software that is now available that empowers children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months.  They won a Global Learning xPrize for their work.
b) World Possible presents their offline eLibrary of free educational information RACHEL eLibrary.
c) OERCommons presents their open education resources
h) YouTube Channel: Khan Academy in Pashto
j) Promo video by Khan Academy: Introducing Khan Academy Learnstorm 2019!, Aug 7, 2019

3. Initiatives and Coalitions for Girls Education:

4. Other related information about climate:
a) Video: Before the Flood by Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic
d) Video: The Age of Sustainable Development MOOC, MOOC by Jeffrey Sachs.
e) Article: The “Silent Lie” in Coverage of Madagascar’s Famine – Overpopulation Research Project, December 7, 2021