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By Dr. Harriet Sakala, FAWEZA Alumni

From the Executive

FAWE to contribute to University of Cambridge gender research project

Monday, 22 June 2009

FAWE has been approached by the Centre for Commonwealth Education (CCE) of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education in the United Kingdom to partner with it on a gender research project to be piloted in Kenya and Uganda from September 2009.

The pilot project, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi in Kenya and Makerere University in Uganda, will focus on the positive factors that keep girls from underprivileged backgrounds in school throughout the cycle and enable them to achieve.

The research will examine on one hand the experiences of girls who stay in school, with a look at progression through the final years of primary school when dropout is highest, and on the other hand, the paths taken by academically successful women, with a look at those who have been role models or mentors to these women, even unconsciously. The project seeks to document the personal histories of these girls and women, analyse the impact of positive factors on their achievement, and track their progress through time.

The pilot project will run in Kenya and Uganda from September 2009 to June 2010 and is the first step in a wider project that will cover much of East Africa from 2010.

Given the positive results of FAWE’s Centres of Excellence (COE) on girls’ education noted over time, CCE has requested that FAWE’s AIC Kajiado COE be one of the four research sites in Kenya. CCE has also requested that FAWE National Chapters in Kenya and Uganda provide support to the projects, including identifying further research sites in both countries as well as professional and university-level women who can be subjects for the research on role models and mentors.

FAWE will participate in CCE’s Summer School on Leading, Learning, Teaching:  Building Capacity for Sustainable Improvement through Collaboration to be held at the University of Cambridge from 22 to 26 June 2009. FAWE will provide input to the framework for collaboration with CCE on the gender research project and introduce FAWE’s gender-responsive models and interventions – including COEs, Gender-Responsive Pedagogy, mentoring and role models, empowerment programmes, and community involvement in school leadership – that could link with CCE’s various projects for future collaboration.

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