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Campaign for Female Education

The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is dedicated to fighting poverty and AIDS in rural communities in Africa by educating girls. CAMFED began in 1993 by supporting 32 girls in rural Zimbabwe. In 2005, more than 246,520 children benefited from CAMFED’s programme of educational support in some of the poorest regions of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania.

Forum for African Women Educationalists. FAWE

The Forum for African Women Educationalists is a pan-African non-government organization, founded in 1992, whose goal is to increase access, improve retention and enhance the quality of education for girls and women in Africa. FAWE’s members are African women ministers of education, permanent secretaries and university vice chancellors who come together to wield their positions and influence in pursuit of FAWE’s goal.

Girls School Attacked in Afghanistan

An Afghan girls school was attacked yesterday in the Logar province, the most recent in a series of attacks on girls’ education in Afghanistan.

Girls Voices - Thumbs-up for SMT studies
FAWE News Vol. 11

The perception that girls in sub-Saharan Africa cannot cope with science, mathematics and technology subjects persist. This perception is sustained by examination results that continue to show boys in secondary schools performing better than girls in SMT subjects. It is also strengthened by the persisting low numbers of women in the faculties of science, engineering and medicine in nearly all universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Girls’Education in Africa: The FAWE Response to EFA Highlights for the year 2000
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Registered in Kenya as a pan African NGO in 1993, FAWE has since grown into a network of 31 National Chapters, a membership of over 40 women policy makers in education and over 20 male ministers of education who are associate members.

Maasai Education Discovery - MED

Since it was established, MED has increased Maasai access to education, empowered Maasai women and girls as well created economic development opportunities.

Multiple disadvantages of Mayan females: The effects of gender, ethnicity, poverty, and residence on education in Guatemala
Hallman, Kelly, Sara Peracca, Jennifer Catino, and Marta Julia Ruiz

Although access to primary education in Guatemala has increased in recent years, particularly in rural areas, levels of educational attainment and literacy remain among the lowest in Latin America. Problems include late entry, grade repetition, and early dropout.

State of the World’s Mothers 2005. The Power and Promise of Girls’ Education
Save the Children

The report finds that no matter what the economic or cultural challenges, there is a strategy that can work to get girls into school and help them stay there. It shows how schooling girls benefits individuals and has a dramatic ripple effect that can change the course of a nation.

Strategies for addressing management of Growing up and sexual maturation among girls and boys and menstruation practices in primary schools in Nairobi and Bondo districts in Kenia
Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya Chapter (FAWEK)

Some recent research findings in Kenya (Mugenda 2000, Mati 2000, Kariuki et al 2000) have identified sexual maturation (and related issues) as having a major impact on school attendance and performance.

Strategies for girls’education

The strategies that follow, whether working from inside or outside the classroom, have been proven to increase school attendance and completion by girls.

The Maasai Girls Education Fund

The Maasai Girls Education Fund was created to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya through education.

The UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education

With over 120 maps, charts and tables, the UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education enables readers to visualize the educational pathways of girls and boys in terms of access, participation and progression from pre-primary to tertiary education.

UNGEI - United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative

UNICEF is the lead agency and Secretariat for UNGEI. A Global Advisory Committee is composed of key partners who share in the planning, decision-making, guidance and accountability of UNGEI. UNGEI Focal Points in different regions facilitate the coordination of girls’ education strategies and interventions at the country level.


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