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From the Executive

FAWE to focus on research and scaling up of gender-responsive interventions in 2012

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

FAWE has defined a strategic focus for 2012 that will include influencing the integration of gender into education policy in sub-Saharan Africa, supporting advocacy through research, and scaling up gender-responsive interventions that can produce measurable outcomes in quality education for African girls and women.

Accordingly, in the coming year, FAWE will direct its policy advocacy efforts towards education policy reviews and translation of policy into practice in several African countries. The organisation will participate in national reviews of education policies and plans in Congo, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Somalia. FAWE National Chapters in a further four countries will continue to work with governments and other key stakeholders to translate gender-responsive policies into implementable action plans.

To reinforce its advocacy work, FAWE will partner with selected African institutions to conduct research on gender and education in Africa from February 2012. FAWE will define the year’s research agenda and formalise research partnerships with five to eight institutions at a research workshop planned for late January 2012. Research carried out under these agreements will form the third and final phase of the three-year research initiative launched in 2009.

As part of its effort to contribute to the knowledge base on gender and education in Africa, FAWE will present its research findings at various fora to inform and influence policies and plans on gender and education in Africa. In February, FAWE will play a key role in the Triennal meeting of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). It will contribute to the Triennial sub-theme on research and higher education and foreground its research findings and policy briefs through panel discussions and other events. From April, the second volume of the FAWE Research Series will be published for wide dissemination.

FAWE will also replicate and scale up its gender-responsive interventions in at least 25 countries. This includes the Centres of Excellence (COE). Besides supporting its 23 existing COEs, FAWE plans to establish five new ones.

In addition, FAWE will continue to work with key strategic partners to implement new interventions that address emerging and neglected issues in education such as conflict, HIV/AIDS, non-formal education and vocational training, and adolescent sexual reproductive and health rights. In particular, FAWE will work with Ministries of Education in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to integrate education on reproductive health and rights into secondary school curricula.

For more information please contact Hendrina Doroba, FAWE Senior Programme Coordinating Officer, on .

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