UNITE FOR CHILDREN-- UNICEF

Improving Educational Opportunities for Girls (2)

Government Ministries and Political Leaders can …

  • reduce the direct and indirect costs of schooling;
  • develop policies that benefit girls; eliminate punitive pregnancy policies; teach children in the lower grades in home languages that they can understand without out-of-school study time; develop policies to protect girls’ security; establish age of entry policies to enroll girls in school and complete the primary cycle before puberty; establish textbook policies that provide books to girls and let them take them home to study;
  • place a priority on supporting basic education and increase funding for primary education;
  • create more school places -- use school mapping to target under-served locations;
  • introduce the use of double-shifts and multi-grades;
  • establish repetition policies and automatic promotion policies;
  • develop policies and introduce incentives to attract and support female teachers in rural schools;
  • introduce flexible scheduling of the school calendar;
  • develop policies and introduce incentives to attract and support female teachers in rural schools;
  • provide tax benefits to parents for sending their daughters or wards to school;
  • conduct social marketing campaigns to inform the community about the benefits of educating girls and to learn more about why not all girls attend school;
  • revise the curriculum to make it more relevant to the education of girls;
  • place a priority on developing science, math and technology programmes that get girls intimately involved in learning;
  • revise textbooks -- replace negative images or stereotypes about girls and women; incorporate activities that specifically involve girls and introduce positive stories about women and girls and their contributions to society;
  • increase spending on learning materials;
  • introduce gender sensitisation programmes for ministry and school personnel;
  • provide role models and mentoring programmes;
  • explore cross-ministry and sector efforts to improve the health of school children and girls in particular;
  • introduce alternative learning programmes such as community schools, schools -of-second-chance, evening classes and other programmes that are responsive to the learning needs of many girls;
  • conduct on-going school-level research in order to learn more about the classroom experiences of girls.

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