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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. Each promotes in its own way the model of a school that seeks to ensure effective learning in safe, healthy gendersensitive and child-centred environments (see A child-friendly school on page 8).

No country could implement all of these strategies at once. Governments should undertake an analysis of the particular barriers facing girls as a necessary prelude to selecting a package of the most pertinent interventions. An opinion poll of the perceptions of parents and children of those barriers would play an important part in such an analysis.

Making education free and compulsory is the keystone of any national plan to eliminate gender disparity in education and achieve universal education. Faced with an economically driven choice between sending sons or daughters to school, poor families often send their sons.

Removing fees or offering financial support to families with daughters in school, as well as explaining the advantages of sending girls to school, can make a real difference. In Malawi, for example, the initial result of abolishing school fees in 1994 was an increase in enrolment of almost 70 per cent, from 1.9 million in the 1993/94 academic year to 3.2 million in the 1994/95 academic year.

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Strategies for girl’s education

Fuente: UNICEF

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