Basic education and gender equality

Examples of UNICEF’s work

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Sherino girls high school students in a classroom in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In supporting countries to plan, programme and monitor girls’ education, UNICEF interventions can be divided into four categories:

1) Policy Advocacy;

2) Programming and Monitoring;

3) Community Engagement; and

4) Knowledge Management and Communication.

Categories

UNICEF work

Policy Advocacy

-          Inclusion of a girls’ education investment section within the Kenya Education sector plan.

-          Introduction of a girls’ re-entry policy in South Africa and Zambia that allows girls to return to school following childbirth.

-          Evidence of good practice to inform policies on female teachers for the most marginalized children.

-          Advocacy around accelerating girls’ transition to and completion of secondary education contributes to global initiatives such as A Promise Renewed, a call for action aimed at reducing child and maternal mortality. Higher levels of educational achievement for girls lead to improved individual health outcomes as well as outcomes for their future children.

Programming  and Monitoring

-          Child Friendly Schools as girl friendly schools by providing feminine hygiene for adolescent girls in Ethiopia and Uganda, which increased their retention rates in schools.

-          Strengthening the capacity of teachers in gender responsive pedagogy and key content areas like reading and writing to benefit girls’ learning.

-          Improving participation and outcomes in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for girls in secondary schooling through TechnoGirls, a career mentorship programme in South Africa.

-          Strengthening social networks through boys and girls clubs such as the Girls and Boys Education Movement in South Africa, Uganda and South Sudan that includes peer-to-peer along with adult mentorship. 

-          Improve the capacity to monitor progress in girls’ education, including membership in an UNGEI led working group to develop indicators beyond those focused on gender parity in order to measure greater progress in girls’ education based on equity and learning outcomes.

Community Engagement

-          Development of Mothers’ Associations in Burkina Faso that operate programmes to improve women’s literacy and skills in income-generating activities to help them support their daughters’ education.

-          Strengthen capacity of schools in Morocco to establish parent teacher associations and School Governing Bodies to engage parents and members of the community in monitoring children’s learning.

Knowledge Management and Communication

-         Provision of Gender Tools to support programming and monitoring for results.  

-         Evidence to inform good practice on changing harmful social norms impeding adolescent girls’ transition to and retention in secondary education.

-         Strengthen the capacity of Education Management Information Systems in countries to disaggregate data by gender and other disparities.

Research and Evaluation

-         Baseline studies on context specific key aspects of girls’ education and gender equality to inform implementation and monitoring of programmes.

-          Impact evaluation of girls’ education in broader education programming.

 

 

 

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