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Challenge early marriage and give girls around the world a brighter future.

Every child deserves an education.

But for millions of girls around the world, their chance to go to school is denied through early marriage.

If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages.

EFA Global Monitoring Report Education Transforms

The British Council and VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) invite you to play your part to help support thousands of girls around the world get the education they deserve.

Give modern-day Juliets a brighter future.

In Shakespeare’s most famous romantic play, Juliet is just 13 years old when she falls in love with Romeo.

Today, most young girls look forward to a life of freedom and a wealth of opportunities, but in many places early and marriage is still common.

With your support we can ensure more girls around the world spend their childhoods happily learning.

Donate by sending a Shakespeare inspired e-card to your loved one to help thousands of girls get an education.

Changing lives one girl at a time.

In Nepal, nearly half of all girls are married by the age of 18.

Kalpana Giri was just 15 when she heard her parents were preparing for her imminent marriage.

While she enjoyed school, her parents often preferred to keep her at home to do chores. Now their daughter would join her husband's family to perform her wifely duties.

The girls I worked with were so excited about being at school. It is heart breaking to see the pressures put on them by families and communities, to see them leave education for early marriage and work at home.

Ann Marcer, VSO education volunteer, Nepal
Young girls in a classroom in Nepal putting their hands up to answer a question. © VSO

VSO's Sisters for Sisters' Education project provides mentors for girls at risk of dropping out of school. 'Big Sisters' - girls who have finished their education against the odds - mentor them.

When Kalpana's 'Big Sister', Sarita, heard about the wedding plans, she became worried and began working on ways to prevent the marriage interrupting Kalpana’s education.

She spoke with the family about the value of girls' education. She explained the real dangers that Kalpana would face were she to become pregnant. And she visited Kalpana often to provide emotional support.

It worked. Kalpana's parents decided to delay the marriage until their daughter felt ready.

I want to be self-reliant after completing my education. I never forget the help of Thuldidi [her Big Sister].

Kalpana Giri

The embedded attitudes of communities harm women and girls - but attitudes can change. And they are changing.

It's not only girls in Nepal who find it hard to get the education they deserve. Around the world, VSO is changing attitudes to girl's education and early marriage.

Can you help make education available to all?