Annex A: A solution to almost every problem
Effective, time-tested strategies to increase girls’ school attendance and completion take place inside and outside the classroom. All seek to ensure educational settings that are healthy, gender-sensitive, child-centred and conducive for learning.
Not all strategies are applicable to every country. But one thing is certain – every nation must make education free and compulsory.
Strategies within the classroom:
- Making classrooms child-centred, gender sensitive and rooted in the life and environment of the community
- Recruiting and training teachers who are sensitive to gender and child rights, and paying them a regular, living wage
- Promoting health in schools
- Promoting sports in schools
- Eliminating gender bias from textbooks and learning materials
- Scheduling lessons flexibly
- Teaching in the local language
Strategies outside the classroom:
- Gathering gender-specific education statistics, including those on learning achievement at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, to identify disparities within disparities – such as how gender intertwines with poverty or ethnicity to produce multiple disadvantages
- Providing early childhood programmes
- Enabling young mothers to return to school
- Taking special measures to reach the most disadvantaged girls – those who are affected by gender as well as poverty, ethnicity or living in a rural area
- Providing alternative education for girls
- Providing alternative education for overage children
- Locating schools closer to children’s homes
- Making sure girls and boys are safe within and without school
- Encouraging girls’ participation and activism for education
- Involving the local community
- Supplying safe water and latrines
- Decreasing the domestic workload
- Making sure men and boys are involved
The most successful girls’ education initiatives incorporate many or most of these components into a government-supported, integrated programme.
Annex A PDF
At the May 2003 Inter-Agency Workshop on a human rights-based approach in the context of UN reform, UN agencies defined what constitutes a human rights approach and its implications for agency programming.
Annex B PDF