Friday, 11 January 2013
FAWE has partnered with the University of Maryland (UMD) on a project that aims to increase the number of female teachers in African secondary schools.
Only 23 percent of girls of secondary school age in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in school. This is the lowest enrolment rate for secondary school girls in the world.
Research shows a strong link between women teachers and greater participation and success for girls in school. Increasing the number of female teachers in schools is therefore seen as one answer to addressing some of the serious access, quality, and equity issues girls face in obtaining an education.
However, many African countries have a serious gender imbalance in their teaching forces, and that imbalance is greatest at the secondary level. While there have been significant gains at the primary level, many girls are not continuing on to secondary school.
FAWE and UMD have come together to design and conduct a three-year research and advocacy project in this area. The project aims to devise evidence-based strategies that could increase the number of female secondary school teachers on the African continent by addressing barriers women face on entering and staying in the profession
Through the project, FAWE and UMD will conduct research in Tanzania, Togo and Uganda to understand better the barriers women face in becoming secondary school teachers and staying in the profession in these countries.
Based on research findings, the partners will make recommendations on policies to overcome those barriers and improve the recruitment and retention of women secondary school teachers. The project will also design action plans aimed at national education authorities in the three countries and engage with education authorities to implement the recommended policies.
The project is expected to run for three years and come to an end in September 2015.
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