UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Accelerating Girls' Education in Yemen: Rethinking Policies in Teacher Recruitment and School Distribution

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AUTHOR Abdul Alim, Kamel Ben Abdallah, Solofo Ramaroson, Maman Sikikou and Lieke Van De Wiel
ORGANIZATION UNICEF
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2007
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on ways to promote gender equality and female empowerment in Yemen by increasing girls’ enrolment in school. Girls are more likely to attend school if they do not have to travel great distances, have access to girls-only schools and are taught by female teachers.  To be effective, the social and political environment must be targeted with advocacy efforts to promote education in general and girls’ education in particular with girl-friendly policies. To increase the number of female teachers, the minimum qualifications should be lowered to include those who have graduated from secondary school. Further, school construction, expansion and rehabilitation must shift focus and aim to bring schools closer to girls.  


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