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The State of the World's Children 2004

Girls' education websites

Academy for Educational Development
The Academy for Educational Development, an independent, non-profit organization, promotes equity and access to quality education as a basic right for all children. It collaborates worldwide with educators, community and government organizations, parents, policy makers, foundations and institutions of higher education to support school improvement, teacher training, curriculum development and constructive policy dialogues on education. It worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on ‘Strategies for Advancing Girls’ Education’ from 1999 to 2002.
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Basic Education Coalition
The Basic Education Coalition is a group of 18 development organizations – Abt Associates, Academy for Educational Development, Africare, American Institutes for Research, Bread for the World, CARE, Christian Children’s Fund, Creative Associates International, DevTech Systems, Education Development Center, International Youth Foundation, Plan, RESULTS, Save the Children, Women’s Edge Coalition, World Education, World Learning and World Vision – that advocates for a greater emphasis on early childhood and primary education in foreign assistance programmes. 
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British Library for Development Studies (BLDS)
This website focuses on economic and social change in developing countries. It provides over 300 references to printed and online material about gender and education.
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The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development
This site includes resources about training and case studies on the management of early childhood care programmes. It is divided into seven main areas – regional networks, early childhood care and development information, initiatives, resources, library, news and events – dedicated to the developmental needs of children under eight.
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Education Queensland – Boys Gender and Schooling
This site is dedicated to fostering school environments that are gender sensitive and boy-friendly. The site has five main sections – what about boys?, are boys in trouble?, issues for schools, school actions and resources – that include school studies, professional development activities, data, successful interventions and personal accounts by boys.
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ELDIS – Education
This education resource guide provides links to over 90 online documents and key organizations concerned with education. Additionally, there are 14 theme links, such as gender and education, quality and relevance, education in emergencies, and the economics of education, that lead to a variety of topic-related resources.
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Gender, Science, Technology Gateway – Education section
This website supplies links to statistics databases that are gender-disaggregated, full-text articles and reports on gender issues in science and technology education, and articles on formal and non-formal education and training.
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ID21 Development Research Reporting Service
This United Kingdom-based website provides development research findings and policy recommendations geared to policy makers and development practitioners. The education site summarizes research on gender and education in relationship to development. It has links to such topics as Education For All, access and inclusion, skills and training, and health and HIV/AIDS. A ‘gender and violence in schools’ link leads to articles on bullying, masculine stereotypes, sexual abuse and other violence-related school issues from the developing world.
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International Institute for Educational Planning
This UNESCO website provides online information on education planning and management, training, and links to hundreds of education-related publications. The site includes topical links on Education For All, emergencies and reconstruction, ethics and corruption, HIV/AIDS and education, and information systems and e-learning.
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Literacy Online
Literacy Online (external web page) is a gateway to electronic resources and tools on adult literacy that are searchable by topic/theme and country/region. It provides access to International Literacy Explorer (external web page), a teacher-training tool for basic education including descriptions of projects focusing on gender and development. This site includes dedicated teacher/practitioner and policy maker/researcher menus.

Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development/Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC) Gender Equality Group
This site provides access to full-text policy statements, reports and publications on gender equality from OECD/DAC member agencies, including 'Reaching the Goals in the S-21: Gender Equality and Education, volume 1' (in PDF format).
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PLANetWIRE is a newsroom for journalists who want the latest information about reproductive health rights and services, maternal and child health, equality in education, women’s empowerment, youth participation and a healthy environment. The website provides reporters with story ideas, facts and figures, expert spokespersons, and information from organizations and government agencies.
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Strategies for Advancing Girls’ Education
Strategies for Advancing Girls’ Education is a collaboration between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade/Office of Women in Development and the Academy for Educational Development. It takes a non-traditional, multisectoral approach to increasing involvement in girls’ education, engaging traditional and non-traditional actors to strengthen local ownership of girls’ education. It conducts research on educational quality and best practices for girls’ schooling, and organizes workshops for policy makers, practitioners, advocates and scholars to share knowledge and strategies.
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Education Information Service
This website is a gateway to online materials, featuring gender-disaggregated data on enrolment, educational attainment and teaching staff. It provides information on programmes focused on women, full-text materials on education and links to other relevant sites. The site publishes UNESCO’s annual global assessment of the progress and challenges in meeting Education For All goals.
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United Nations Children’s Fund, Monitoring and Statistics website
This site provides social and economic data from around the world with a particular focus on children’s well-being. It includes indicators on gender-disaggregated literacy rates and primary and secondary school enrolment ratios. These statistics are updated and reported each year in The State of the World’s Children.
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United Nations Children’s Fund, Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
This site provides the key statistical databases with detailed, country-specific information used in UNICEF’s end of decade assessment and reported in the publication, Progress since the World Summit for Children – A Statistical Review. The website also makes available the full set of technical tools for conducting Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), which are used to collect critical data about children’s well-being.
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United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Advanced Basic Education and Literacy Programme
The Programme provides information on basic education, formal education systems and non-formal programmes for children out of school. The site links to a variety of publications on policies, strategies and activities for improving women’s and girls’ education globally. This USAID site gives access to Global Education Database 2000 (external web page), a downloadable database of international education statistics including UNESCO and Demographic and Health Surveys statistics.

World Bank – GenderNet
This site describes World Bank projects (external web page) that incorporate gender issues, and provides links to gender-specific topics. A range of full-text online papers on access and equity in education are available on the World Bank’s education page (external web page).

World Data on Education
Prepared by the International Bureau of Education, this is a searchable database containing educational sector profiles for 158 countries. In addition to national educational profiles, the site contains annotated websites on education resources. It links to general and official information sources, including statistics and indicators.
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Special sites dedicated to education in Africa

Association for the Development of Education in Africa
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (external web page) is a network of African ministries of education, development agencies, education specialists and researchers, and non-governmental organizations active in education. The website includes details of the Association’s working groups, including the Working Group on Female Participation in Education (external web page). It also provides access to the Statistical profile of education in sub-Saharan Africa (external web page), a Windows-based programme that includes gender-disaggregated education data for sub-Saharan Africa.

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
The Forum for African Women Educationalists is an organization whose membership includes female government ministers of education and female directors of education.  Its website includes online versions of the Newsletter, an extensive list of publications and contact details for its national chapters.
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