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By Dr. Harriet Sakala, FAWEZA Alumni

From the Executive

Norad extends partnership with FAWE to strengthen gender research in African education

Monday, 14 December 2009

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has extended its support to FAWE’s research initiative for the strengthening of gender research to improve girls’ and women’s education in Africa. Norad will support the second phase of the initiative from 2010 to 2011.

The FAWE-Norad research initiative, launched in 2009, aims to support gender research on, and by, African women to promote girls’ education through the integration of gender in education policy and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. Full story…

Still in its first phase, the project has so far established research and capacity-building partnership agreements with five African institutions:

  • Association for Strengthening Higher Education for Women in Africa (ASHEWA)
  • Conférence des ministres de l’Education des pays ayant le français en partage (CONFEMEN)
  • Institute of Gender Studies (IGS), Addis Ababa University
  • Laboratoire Genre, Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Université Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ)/ University of Witwatersrand

A number of research projects currently being undertaken by these partner institutions will be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

For 2010 to 2011, the project aims to further develop FAWE’s recently established research arm with a view to generating reliable, up-to-date qualitative and quantitative data on gender in African education; expand and strengthen the partnership in order to reinforce gender research capacities in African universities; and provide a forum for shared learning and knowledge creation in gender/education in Africa.

FAWE has committed to using evidence-based research to not only demonstrate to policy- and decision-makers the high cost of ignoring women’s educational needs, but also to constructively engage and dialogue with government, policy-makers and regional bodies to influence the adoption of approaches and strategies than can help redress the negative effects of gender disparities in education.

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