U.K. Education Secretary Justine Greening on Tuesday announced a plan to open an independent school for girls in a rural area of the North West of England, as she seeks to build on her record of delivering better education to disadvantaged children.
In a statement, Greening said she is pleased to have the support of U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres and will deliver the first school in England for girls at a new facility in the nearby village of Darnley.
“We are now starting the journey of a new school in Darnle.
We will work closely with local authorities to make sure the new school is run as a community-based, independent school,” Greening told the BBC.
She also promised that the first two schools will open in the U.k. by 2020.
Greening’s announcement comes after the U,N.
has called on the U.,K.
to help provide a “safe and appropriate” school for all girls.
U.N.-sponsored education and gender equality bodies in the North and East of England have called on Guterre and other U.
Ns. to support the Greening government to build a school for female pupils.
The Greening plan follows a similar effort to open a new elementary school for boys, announced in July by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The announcement is likely to be welcomed by a number of groups in England and elsewhere who have voiced concern over the lack of girls’ schools in areas where there is no school for them.
Uruguay, Norway, Brazil, France, New Zealand, the U S., Sweden and the United States have also opened girls’ primary and secondary schools in the last few years, but none of those countries has a formal girls’ school.