Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch campaign in Girls' Education
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 October 2011 – A nationwide communication campaign on Girls’ Education launched by Ministry of Education and UNICEF in Dushanbe today aims to establish a supportive environment for increasing enrollment and improving the quality of girls’ education, and to initiate a movement to raise the importance of girls’ education in society.
"The Government of Tajikistan gives high priority to children's education and protection, and creates a supportive environment and adequate conditions", said Abdujabbor Rahmonov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan. "Education of girls and their access to complete secondary education is one of the priority actions for the Ministry of Education and this fact is reflected in all strategic documents of the education sector".
“It is critical that girls complete a full course of learning in school,” added Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan. “Girls with access to education not only improve their own lives but also bring change to their families, economies and societies. Providing girls with a quality education is a highly effective tool to address poverty and fight for equity. Girls and boys have equal rights to reach their full potential.”
Gender disparity in school participation rates is a relatively new phenomenon in Tajikistan. After having experienced universal adult literacy rates and almost 98% school participation rates for both girls and boys during the Soviet era, the country is now facing a drop in school participation and a widening gender gap in school attendance and completion rates.
The two-month campaign on Girls’ Education involving various media communication and activities will focus on raising public awareness about the importance of completion of compulsory education and continuation of education in upper secondary and tertiary levels. Ministry of Education, local authorities, civil society partners and UNICEF will be involved in community mobilization events, equipping children and families with knowledge and skills that could help improve school attendance and completion for both girls and boys.
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