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FAWE 9th GENERAL ASSEMBLY FAWE 9th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
“Sustaining the momentum through diverse partnerships.”…

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Beatrice Anyango Ochieng, 23 years - Kenya Beatrice Anyango Ochieng, 23 years - Kenya
“I was just 8 years old when my parents died. My relatives took care of me but unfortunately, I got pregnant in class 8 and dropped out of school before the final examination. I got married but by the grace of God through FAWE, I joined form one at Kitmikai Day Secondary School in Kisumu. FAWE supported me through secondary school and I attained a grade B- in form four K.C.S.E exams. FAWE made me confident.

From the Executive

FAWE HAS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FAWE HAS A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
On behalf of The Executive Committee, the entire Network, the Management and staff of the Regional Secretariat of FAWE Africa, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Hendrina Doroba as the new Executive Director of FAWE, effective…

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ANNOUNCEMENT – FAWE 9th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

“Sustaining the momentum through diverse partnerships.”

13 August 2014

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GIRLS RIGHT ARE HUMAN RIGHT

GIRLS RIGHT ARE HUMAN RIGHT By Hendrina Doroba, Executive Director, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and Mitsue Uemura, Regional Focal Point for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNGEI

16 June 2014

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THE STRUGGLE FOR EDUCATION REMAINS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

The Day of the African Child observed on 16 June each year since 1991, is in honour of the students massacred in Soweto in 1976 for protesting against education injustice in apartheid South Africa. This year's Day of the African Child is relevant today for FAWE as the world continues to be shocked by the abduction of more than 257 girls from their school in Chibok, Northern Nigeria.

14 June 2014

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FAWE partners with Intel UK in the Stem Regional Fair

FAWE Regional Office in partnership with INTEL (UK) is hosting a Science & Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Competition across 15 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. The finals of this event will culminate into a STEM Fair to be held in Nairobi on the 14th and 15th of August 2014. The FAWE STEM Regional Fair, for girls, was initiated as a means to inspire young female innovators for Africa by Africans. The competition will be organized at school, country, and regional levels.

21 May 2014

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FAWE to benefit from MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

FAWE to benefit from MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program FAWE has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation to implement a ten-year scholarship program in Rwanda and Ethiopia. The program will enable a total of 2000 Scholars academically bright, but economically disadvantaged girls and boy’s access and complete secondary and university education, in high-quality institutions and thereby increase their opportunities for better livelihoods. While the project will contribute to FAWE’s goal of enabling change in girls’ education in Africa, The MasterCard Foundation will seek to realize the vision of creating positive social and economic transformation through education.

2 May 2014

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FAWE Ethiopia, New members on board!

FAWE-Ethiopia has conducted its regular Annual General Assembly meeting on March 22, 2014. They are pleased to announce that new board members have been elected on board.

4 June 2014

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FAWE at the 2014 World Literacy Summit, Oxford, UK

FAWE will be participating in the 2014 World Literacy Summit in Oxford UK from 14th to 16th April, 2014. It will use the platform to build awareness of the continental literacy crisis, especially among women and build partnerships to improve literacy standards in Africa. FAWE will also present a paper on “Equitable Pathways to Literate Worlds." Sharing her experiences on how FAWE’s Mobile Library is contributing to improving literacy rates, especially among the targeted girls in Uganda, Zambia and Zanzibar.

15 April 2014

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FAWE at CIES 2014 Toronto, Canada

FAWE was among the 1,900 delegates and educators from around the World who participated at the 58th Annual Conference Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference held in in Toronto, Canada from 10th to 15th March 2014. The discussions were centered on “Re-visioning Education for All” to explore the adequacy and future of Education For All (EFA), moving them beyond the historical focus on access to basic schooling. FAWE working jointly with the MasterCard Foundation contributed to the discussion on creating a positive social change and economic growth through education; developing Young Transformative Leaders; improving Program Quality through Learning; as well as formal informal education. The duo presented a paper on an innovative and holistic scholarship programme that has the potential to transform young people from beneficiaries to benefactors.  Click  here to view the presentation.

14 April 2014

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FAWE Africa Executive Committee Meeting

FAWE Africa Executive Committee held its bi-annual meeting on 26th and 27th March 2014 at FAWE RS, Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya. The committee conducted the in-person interviews for the position of the FAWE Africa Executive Director; they reviewed and approved the 2013 FAWE annual reports and audited accounts, as well as the 2014 work plan and budget.

14 April 2014

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2014 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership award ceremony

FAWE joined other eight former Henry R Kravis Prize recipients at a two-day retreat to celebrate the accomplishments of the the tenth Kravis recipient Helen Keller International for their best practice in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. Ms Hendrina Doroba, the Executive Director of FAWE, represented FAWE at this colorful event, which took place at Claremont McKenna College on 12th & 13th March 2014.

11 April 2014

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YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY, TIME TO ACT NOW

YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY, TIME TO ACT NOW YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY (www.youngpeopletoday.

19 November 2013

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Congratulations to our exemplary African ladies for their new appointments

The Executive Committee and the Acting Executive Director of FAWE Africa  would like to express their warmest and sincere congratulations to:-

22 October 2013

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UNGEI, the Global Partnership for Education, and Plan International Release a Call to Action at the Learning for All Ministerial Meeting

Ministers of education and finance, bilateral and multilateral organizations, civil society, youth organizations, the private sector and academia gathered in Washington, DC for the 2013 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings from 16-18 April. The events culminated in the Learning for All Ministerial to which UNGEI, the Global Partnership for Education, and Plan International released a call to action to ensure that girls education and gender equality in education remains a priority towards achieving the MDGs and in the development agenda beyond 2015.

8 May 2013

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International Women’s Day – FAWE calls for an end to violence against girls and women

International Women’s Day – FAWE calls for an end to violence against girls and women FAWE is to call for an end to violence and discrimination against girls and women in a special feature programme on Radio France International (RFI) broadcast live around the world on International Women’s Day on 8 March.Global statistics show that one in three women will suffer abuse in her lifetime.

8 March 2013

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FAWE’s good practices in girls’ education inform West Africa sub-regional review

FAWE’s good practices in girls’ education inform West Africa sub-regional review FAWE GHANA has been selected to be part of the technical committee for a comprehensive review of best practices in girls’ and women’s education in West Africa currently being undertaken by Aide et Action, Plan International West Africa Office (WARO) and FAWE.The review will look at strategies, initiatives, procedures and behaviour that have resulted in positive outcomes for girls’ and women’s education in the sub-region.

25 February 2013

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FAWE to be part of new EFA regional coordination structure for sub-Saharan Africa

FAWE to be part of new EFA regional coordination structure for sub-Saharan Africa FAWE has been selected as a member of the coordination committee of the new Education for All (EFA) regional structure for sub-Saharan Africa launched by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on 14 February 2013.The structure will coordinate and accelerate African actions and responses for the achievement of the EFA goals at continental level.

22 February 2013

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Dr Rose Gahiru appointed as Burundi’s first woman minister of education and training

Dr Rose Gahiru appointed as Burundi’s first woman minister of education and training Dr Rose Gahiru has been appointed Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Literacy of Burundi. She is the first woman to hold this post in the country.

13 February 2013

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FAWE research highlights teaching and learning conditions in African schools

FAWE research highlights teaching and learning conditions in African schools How long do children take to get to school and back everyday? In four schools surveyed in Rwanda in 2010, one out of every three children spent more than two hours walking to and from school each day, often along difficult, mountainous roads in rural areas.

4 February 2013

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FAWE named among Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal for second year running

FAWE named among Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal for second year running FAWE has been named among the world’s Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal for the second year running.FAWE ranked 70th out of the 100 NGOs selected for 2013, and is among 15 NGOs operating in the education sub-sector.

25 January 2013

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FAWE calls on African heads of state to ensure girls’ and women’s greater participation in education and development

FAWE calls on African heads of state to ensure girls’ and women’s greater participation in education and development FAWE is to urge African leaders to acknowledge the centrality of education, especially for women, in confronting the development challenges facing the African continent.FAWE will lead a session at the 21st Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) organised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 22 to 23 January 2013 calling for greater and better participation of girls and women in education in order to bring about an ‘African Renaissance’.

22 January 2013

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FAWE targets positive change for girls and sustainable impact for Africa

FAWE targets positive change for girls and sustainable impact for Africa This month, FAWE embarks on a new five-year strategic plan that aims to bring about positive change in girls’ education in Africa and, ultimately, contribute to the continent’s long-term development.Girls’ education is central to all aspects of development.

17 January 2013

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FAWE and University of Maryland partner to increase female teachers in secondary schools

FAWE and University of Maryland partner to increase female teachers in secondary schools 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.

11 January 2013

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New York photo exhibition celebrates FAWE’s work

New York photo exhibition celebrates FAWE’s work A photo exhibition celebrating FAWE’s work will open in New York, USA, on 20 January 2013. Entitled ‘Faces of Africa – Celebrating the work of FAWE’, the series of approximately 30 photos from Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali and Uganda will be on display at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Gallery until 20 March 2013.

7 January 2013

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New York churches help girls through secondary school in Ethiopia and Malawi

New York churches help girls through secondary school in Ethiopia and Malawi FAWE has received funds from two churches based in New York, USA, to assist underprivileged girls complete secondary school in Ethiopia and Malawi.Poverty is one of the major factors preventing girls from receiving a secondary education in Africa.

12 November 2012

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International Day of the Girl - a message from FAWE

International Day of the Girl - a message from FAWE Quality education for all children – girls as well as boys – is the most important investment Africa can make for its development.For the past 20 years, FAWE has worked to empower Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable girls and women to transform their lives and their communities through quality education.

11 October 2012

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Reading Changed My Life – the Global Partnership for Education launches photo and video contest

Reading Changed My Life – the Global Partnership for Education launches photo and video contest The Global Partnership for Education launched its first photo and video contest Reading Changed My Life on 7 September. The contest aims to draw attention to the critical importance of literacy and its positive impact on the lives of individuals.

27 September 2012

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20 years on – FAWE returns to its birthplace to chart its new course for the future

20 years on – FAWE returns to its birthplace to chart its new course for the future On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, FAWE has brought together a core group of its key partners to the place where it was founded in September 1992 to chart a new course for the organisation.FAWE is hosting a two-day strategic planning meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy – the birthplace of the organisation – from 26 to 28 September 2012.

26 September 2012

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Didier Drogba partners with FAWE to mark 20 years of working for equal education for African children

Didier Drogba partners with FAWE to mark 20 years of working for equal education for African children Côte d’Ivoire football star Didier Drogba has partnered with FAWE to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary advocating for equal education for African girls and boys.Mr Drogba will feature in television and radio spots in which he calls for support to FAWE in contributing to a better future for all African girls and boys.

25 September 2012

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First Lady of Zambia marks 20 years of FAWE in Africa as FAWE girls speak out

First Lady of Zambia marks 20 years of FAWE in Africa as FAWE girls speak out Photo: Zambia Daily MailHer Excellency Dr Christine Kaseba Sata, First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, marked FAWE’s 20 years of working in Africa as she opened a girls’ advocacy conference which gave young girls the opportunity to speak out on the issues that most affect their education and life chances.Organised by FAWE Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia, from 13 to 14 August 2012, the conference gave some 100 young girls from Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe a platform to speak directly to key decision-makers and stakeholders in education in the region.

15 August 2012

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First Lady of Chad honours FAWE Chad for its efforts to empower women

First Lady of Chad honours FAWE Chad for its efforts to empower women Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Chad Madame Hinda Déby Itno has honoured FAWE Chad and four other organisations for their efforts to enhance education and empowerment for Chadian girls and women. The First Lady presented Ms Naimo Perside Beguy and Ms Anastasie Dewa, respectively Chairperson and National Chapter Coordinator of FAWE Chad, with a statuette of an African woman at a gala evening reception organised on 3 March 2012 to celebrate Chadian women.

6 March 2012

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President of Burkina Faso awards FAWE Chevalier de l’Ordre National

President of Burkina Faso awards FAWE Chevalier de l’Ordre National FAWE Vice Chairperson Hon. Marie Lydia Toto Raharimalala receives the Chevalier de l’Ordre National from His Excellency Blaise Compaore, President of the Republic of Burkina FasoHis Excellency Blaise Compaore, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, has presented FAWE with the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre National (Knight of the National Order) in recognition of the organisation’s work in promoting gender equality in education in Africa.

14 February 2012

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FAWE named among Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal

FAWE named among Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal FAWE has been ranked 49th out of the world’s Top 100 NGOs by The Global Journal. Selected from a long list of 1,000 possible NGOs from across the world, the organisation also ranks fourth out of the seven African NGOs included in the Top 100 ranking.

27 January 2012

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Earning 20/20 for education – FAWE to mark 20th anniversary with major advocacy campaign

Earning 20/20 for education – FAWE to mark 20th anniversary with major advocacy campaign In 2012, FAWE will celebrate 20 years of enhancing girls’ and women’s education in Africa. To mark the occasion, FAWE will organise a major advocacy campaign across sub-Saharan Africa that seeks to reinvigorate action on quality education for all Africans – both female and male.

6 January 2012

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FAWE’s gender-responsive pedagogy to be integrated in teacher training in Zanzibar

FAWE’s gender-responsive pedagogy to be integrated in teacher training in Zanzibar FAWE has concluded an agreement with Oxfam Canada to support the introduction of FAWE’s Gender-Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) model in teacher training in Zanzibar from 2012 and help strengthen the technical capacity of Ministry of Education (MoE) of Zanzibar in mainstreaming GRP in teacher education.The integration of GRP in pre-service teacher training aims to provide trainee teachers with the knowledge and understanding to effectively respond to the learning needs of both girls and boys, and to advance gender-responsive teaching and learning.

5 January 2012

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

3 January 2012

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20 years on – FAWE returns to its birthplace at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre to plan its future

20 years on – FAWE returns to its birthplace at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre to plan its future FAWE will host a two-day strategic planning workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy – the place of its birth in  September1992 – to consolidate a new strategic plan that will chart a new course for the organisation 20 years after it was founded.The workshop, to be held from 24 to 28 September 2012, will enable a team comprising FAWE management, strategic and funding partners, and beneficiaries to reflect on FAWE’s contribution to gender and education in Africa over the last 20 years and review its 2013-2017 Strategic Plan in line with emerging needs and challenges in the education sector.

7 December 2011

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FAWE to assess school re-entry policies and girls’ empowerment in Southern Africa

FAWE to assess school re-entry policies and girls’ empowerment in Southern Africa FAWE will investigate the effectiveness of school re-entry policies for adolescent mothers in six Southern African countries in 2012 as part of its efforts to improve life opportunities for young girls. FAWE’s research has shown that teenage girls continue to drop out of school due to pregnancy, with many of them not returning to school after childbirth.

5 December 2011

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Friends of FAWE hosts first US benefit event in support of girls’ education in Africa

Friends of FAWE hosts first US benefit event in support of girls’ education in Africa FAWE’s US-based affiliate Friends of FAWE (FoF) hosted its first benefit event in New York, US, on 29 November 2011 as part of its mandate to increase awareness, develop partnerships and raise funds to support FAWE’s work of educating girls and women across sub-Saharan.Hosted by television news personality Cheryl Wills of NY1 News, the event brought together a number of leading figures in education, human rights and international relations, including guest speaker Dr. Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF Senior Education Policy Advisor; Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Kenya’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Hon.

30 November 2011

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FAWE develops tracking system to measure gender equality in higher education

FAWE has developed an electronic tracking system to monitor progress towards gender equality in African institutions of higher education. The African Women in Academia Tracking System (AWATS) is a component of FAWE’s African Women in Institutions of Higher Education project launched in eight African universities in 2009 to improve women’s participation and experiences in higher education.

4 November 2011

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FAWE calls on Commonwealth leaders to ensure greater gender equality in development efforts

FAWE calls on Commonwealth leaders to ensure greater gender equality in development efforts FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda urged Commonwealth leaders to strategise on ways to ensure greater gender equality in their efforts to meet the objectives of development frameworks such as the Beijing Platform for Action, the Commonwealth Plan of Action and the Millennium Development Goals. Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Perth, Australia, from 28 to 30 October 2011, Ms Dibba-Wadda called on leaders to prioritise quality education and gender equality in their implementation of international development agreements.

31 October 2011

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FAWE contributes to ADEA Youth Forum on strategies to enhance education

FAWE contributes to ADEA Youth Forum on strategies to enhance education FAWE delegation at ADEA Youth ForumFAWE was one of the partners called upon by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) to help coordinate its Youth Consultation Forum organised in Rabat, Morocco from 19 to 21 October 2011. The meeting aimed to give African youth a forum to evaluate existing education and training systems and the impact on their employability and careers, and to express their views on how existing education systems can be reformed to respond to their professional needs as well as to enhance Africa’s sustainable economic development.

24 October 2011

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FAWE shares perspectives on gender equality in learning at UNESCO-IIEP policy forum

FAWE shares perspectives on gender equality in learning at UNESCO-IIEP policy forumUNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) invited FAWE’s perspectives on gender equality in education at the Gender Policy Forum in Paris, France, from 3 to 4 October 2011. Organised under the theme ‘Gender Equality in Education: Looking beyond Parity’, the event set out to provide decision-makers, educational planners, researchers and practitioners  with an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt on promoting gender equality in education at classroom and institutional levels.

7 October 2011

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FAWE calls for proposals to conduct research on gender and education in Africa

FAWE has announced a call for proposals from research institutions for its Strengthening Gender Research to Improve Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa Initiative. The initiative, which is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), promotes girls and women’s education through the integration of gender into education policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa. Grants are awarded to provide support to institutions and research centres working in the areas of gender, education, or policy advocacy.

29 September 2011

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Clinton Global Initiative acknowledges FAWE’s work in enhancing education quality

Clinton Global Initiative acknowledges FAWE’s work in enhancing education quality President Clinton presents FAWE Executive Director Oley Dibba-Wadda with a merit awardFormer US President Bill Clinton has applauded FAWE’s achievements in addressing challenges in education. Speaking at the 7th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting held in New York, USA, from 19 to 22 September 2011, President Clinton praised FAWE’s dedication to girls’ and women’s education and presented a certificate of recognition to FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda.

22 September 2011

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Clinton Global Initiative to recognise FAWE’s work to improve the quality of teaching and learning

Clinton Global Initiative to recognise FAWE’s work to improve the quality of teaching and learning Courtesy Nancy Wong for FAWEThe Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has selected FAWE as one of several organisations and individuals who will be recognised for their commitments to action on various development issues at the 7th CGI Annual Meeting in New York, US, on 22 September 2011.FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda will join other CGI members on stage at an event where FAWE’s Gender-Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) model will be presented as an exemplary approach to addressing challenges in education.

21 September 2011

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Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo heads FAWE’s new Executive Committee

Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo heads FAWE’s new Executive Committee Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo, FAWE ChairpersonHon.

1 August 2011

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FAWE’s 8th General Assembly deliberates on strategies for sustainability

FAWE’s 8th General Assembly deliberates on strategies for sustainability Ministers of Education and government representatives from 17 African countries came together with FAWE’s strategic and funding partners and members to strategise on FAWE’s future direction during the organisation’s 8th General Assembly meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 to 29 July 2011. The meeting centred on strategies for FAWE’s sustainability in the new funding environment.

29 July 2011

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Stimulating dialogue on gender and education in Africa – FAWE launches new African research series

Stimulating dialogue on gender and education in Africa – FAWE launches new African research series Gender equality in education is a primary concern of the World Declaration on Education for All. Yet a significant number of girls who enter primary, secondary or higher education do not succeed in completing their studies.

28 July 2011

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FAWE Executive Director to become 10x10 Global Champion on girls’ education

FAWE Executive Director to become 10x10 Global Champion on girls’ education The 10x10 campaign has invited FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda to be a Global Champion for its 10-country campaign on promoting girls’ education. 10x10 is a film and global social action campaign that seeks to demonstrate that investing in girls in the developing world will transform lives and entire societies.

30 June 2011

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Advocating for gender equality in African education - who will pay?

Advocating for gender equality in African education - who will pay? Today, a challenge has arisen to FAWE’s ability to advocate for the empowerment of Africa’s female population through education. Increasingly, FAWE’s traditional funding partners are turning their attention from education to other social sectors.

25 July 2011

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FAWE joins the Brookings Institution in calling for renewed global action on education

The Brookings Institution invited FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda to give a keynote address and participate in a panel discussion at the launch of the Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries report in Washington DC, USA, on 15 June 2011. The report, which was developed by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings with input from FAWE and other partners, calls for global cooperation and action on education in developing countries.

15 June 2011

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FAWE and singer Angelique Kidjo launch Friends of FAWE USA

FAWE and singer Angelique Kidjo launch Friends of FAWE USA FAWE Executive Director Oley Dibba-Wadda and singer Angelique KidjoFAWE partnered with Benin singer Angelique Kidjo to unveil its new US-based affiliate, Friends of FAWE (FoF), in New York, USA, on 14 June 2011. Friends of FAWE’s objective is to raise  awareness, establish partnerships and raise funds in the US to support FAWE’s work of educating girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa and transforming their lives.

14 June 2011

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Benin singer Angelique Kidjo to support Friends of FAWE

Benin singer Angelique Kidjo to support Friends of FAWE Angelique Kidjo and FAWE Executive Director Oley Dibba-WaddaFAWE will introduce its US-based affiliate Friends of FAWE at an event supported by Benin-born Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo in New York, USA on 14 June 2011.Friends of FAWE, a 501(c)(3) organisation, was established in the US in late 2010 to increase awareness, develop partnerships and raise funding to support FAWE’s work of educating girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa and transforming their lives.

14 June 2011

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FAWE launches new US charitable partner – New York and DC events speak to sub-Saharan girls’ education as basic right

FAWE launches new US charitable partner – New York and DC events speak to sub-Saharan girls’ education as basic right FAWE announces the establishment of Friends of FAWE, its new US-based affiliate. Friends of FAWE (FoF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organisation dedicated to supporting the work of FAWE.

1 June 2011

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FAWE’s gender-responsive schools improve learning experiences for African girls

FAWE’s gender-responsive schools improve learning experiences for African girls Gender-responsive schools provide conducive environments for girls to learn and excel. Image courtesy Nancy Wong.

18 February 2011

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FAWE-WASRO joins partner agencies in giving visibility to education issues at World Social Forum

FAWE-WASRO joins partner agencies in giving visibility to education issues at World Social Forum FAWE’s West Africa sub-Regional Office (FAWE-WASRO) has joined Plan and other partner organisations of the Inter-Agency Group on Education for West and Central Africa in organising a series of activities to highlight challenges in African education at the World Social Forum being held in Dakar, Senegal from 6 to 11 February 2011.

7 February 2011

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FAWE bursary beneficiary raises awareness on human rights at UNESCO’s ‘Women, Africa, Human Development’ event

FAWE bursary beneficiary raises awareness on human rights at UNESCO’s ‘Women, Africa, Human Development’ event Grace Nanyonga and UNESCO representatives in Paris, France, 2 February 2011  Grace Nanyonga, a former beneficiary of FAWE’s bursary programme in Uganda, was invited to represent FAWE at the ‘Women, Africa, Human Development’ event hosted by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Joint Programmatic Commission (JPC) on Human Rights in Paris, France, on 2 February 2011.

2 February 2011

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Madeleine Maka Kaba becomes National Chapter Coordinator of FAWE Guinea

Ms Madeleine Maka Kaba has been named National Chapter Coordinator of FAWE Guinea, taking over from Ms Hadja Ramatoulaye Diallo.

2 February 2011

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FAWE contributes to Packard Foundation/UNESCO consultation on reduction of secondary school drop-out

FAWE presented perspectives on achieving lower drop-out rates for secondary schoolgirls in Africa at a consultative meeting on girls’ education in Africa organised by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Regional Office and UNESCO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2011.

20 January 2011

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FAWE and CODESRIA launch phase II of FAWE-Norad gender and education research initiative

FAWE has partnered with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) to launch phase II of an initiative that aims to support gender research by African women to enhance girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa and facilitate the integration of gender into education policy and practice in the region.FAWE and CODESRIA are hosting a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, from 17 to 18 January 2011 to provide an opportunity for research teams working in Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria and Rwanda to exchange research and gender expertise.

17 January 2011

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Consultancy announcement – Evaluation of the African Education Initiative Program Management and Technical Support provided to FAWE

FAWE is pleased to invite applications from qualified consultants/organisations to assess the impact of the Africa Education Initiative (AEI) project implemented between May 2007 and June 2008.

14 January 2011

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FAWE to engage with financial partners on strategies for 2011

FAWE to engage with financial partners on strategies for 2011 FAWE has invited partners from some 20 donor agencies to review its strategic direction and planned programme activities for 2011 at the 9th FAWE Donors’ Consortium Meeting (DCM) to be held in Mahe, Seychelles from 3 to 4 March 2011.The DCM is an annual meeting at which FAWE’s donors from bilateral and multilateral agencies come together with the FAWE Executive Committee (EC) to discuss FAWE’s programme implementation and strategic planning.

13 January 2011

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FAWE welcomes Oley Dibba-Wadda as new Executive Director

FAWE welcomes Oley Dibba-Wadda as new Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda, FAWE Executive Director FAWE has welcomed Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda as its new Executive Director, effective 1 January 2011.Ms Dibba-Wadda will head FAWE’s Regional Secretariat (RS) based in Nairobi, Kenya, oversee the management of all FAWE programmes, and ensure that FAWE achieves its objectives.

6 January 2011

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Workshop on Governance for FAWE Chairpersons

Workshop on Governance for FAWE Chairpersons For three days (17th to 19th November 2010), the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is holding a workshop on Governance at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop has brought together Chairpersons of the FAWE National Executive Committees from: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and the FAWE Regional Secretariat staff.FAWE is present in 33 African countries where its National Chapters (NCs), which are the implementing arms of the organisation, work to promote gender-responsive education policies and practices to empower girls and women. Each NC is registered as an independent national non-governmental organisation (NGO) but must have a constitution that is in line with the constitution of FAWE at continental level. A chapter is also bound to FAWE through the use of the name “FAWE” and through a charter.

18 November 2010

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FAWE and Higher Education:Uganda

For the past 2 years, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Regional Secretariat has initiated deeper focus on girls' and higher education. After 17 years of advocating policy changes and demonstrating interventions that could reduce gender imparity in enrolment for girls and boys, FAWE had noticed that there had been an improvement in girls’ enrolment even though much more was needed to be done in order to maintain the improved enrolment throughout the entire cycle. We did nevertheless make progress. For example in 2009, FAWE COEs (Centres of Excellence) recorded positive results for girls’ access, retention, performance and transition in many countries. In Gambia, FAWE contributed to the increase of the number of girls enrolled (24% in 2003 to 70% in 2009).

8 November 2010

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UNGEI FAWE WORKSHOP

UNGEI FAWE WORKSHOP Partnership for Girls’ Education and Gender Equality

8 September 2010

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41st FAWE EC MEETING

41st FAWE EC MEETING 41st FAWE EC Meeting

3 September 2010

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The Danida project in Sierra Leone

The Danida Project in Sierra Leone

29 July 2010

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FAWE Contributes to 2010 UNGEI E4 Conference in Dakar

FAWE Executive Director, Dr. Codou Diaw, contributed to UNGEI's E4 Conference on 19th May 2010 as a discussant on the plenary session entitled Quality Education for Equality. As keynote speaker for the session, Mr Albert Motivans, Head, Education Indicators and Data Analysis, UNESCO Institute of Statistics presented the latest global quantitative education data available and analysed its interlinkages with educational quality using a gender perspective, with particular reference to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The panel was chaired by Mr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

20 May 2010

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FAWE Meets US Ambassador to Guinea

The US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Guinea, Patricia N. Moller received members of FAWE Guinea accompanied by FAWE's Communication and Advocacy Officer, Mrs. Fatoumata Thiam Diallo. FAWE Guinea's Chairperson, Hadja Albertine Fadiga, National Coordinator, Hadja Ramatoulaye Diallo as well as Teasurer, Hadja Passy Kourouma formed the delegation.

19 May 2010

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"Breaking the Silence on Girls' Menstruation" Campaign in Kigali

FAWE Rwanda, in association with RAUW (Rwanda Association of University Women), NDA (New Dawn Associates), SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) and Plan Rwanda, organized a very special and original event on 26th March from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the ‘petit stade’ to encourage girls to take hold of their menstruation period in school.

26 March 2010

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FAWE at 54th Session of CSW (Commission on the Status of Women)

FAWE Executive Director, Dr. Codou Diaw, was one of the panellists at the fifty-fourth session of CSW held on 4th March 2010.

4 March 2010

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

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.

14 December 2009

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FAWE Southern Sudan Holds COE Vision Workshop

FAWE Southern Sudan Holds COE Vision Workshop In an effort to help address the situation of girls’ education in Southern Sudan, one of FAWE-Southern Sudan's (FAWE-SS) strategic interventions is to work with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and other stakeholders in Eastern Equatorial State to transform an ordinary school into a gender-responsive school. Commonly known as a Centre of Excellence (COE), a gender-responsive school is one in which the academic, social, and physical environment and its surrounding community take into account the specific needs of both girls and boys so that they can excel in their education.

16 March 2010

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FAWE Madagascar holds workshop to establish first Centre of Excellence

FAWE Madagascar held an extensive workshop from 16 to 19 November 2009 to establish the first Centre of Excellence (COE) in the country at Imerintsiatosika High School. This brings to eight the number of COEs established in 2009, in line with FAWE’s goal for the year.

20 November 2009

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FAWE Zanzibar to establish first Centre of Excellence

FAWE Zanzibar has begun preparations to establish its first Centre of Excellence (COE) in line with FAWE’s strategy to establish eight new COEs this year.

5 November 2009

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FAWE joins Clinton Global Initiative in supporting investment in girls

FAWE’s Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw will join participants in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting actively investing in girls’ education, health and social development to share strategies and identify new investments that need to be made to further enhance life chances for girls.

22 September 2009

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FAWE gender in higher education focal point appointed Minister of Women’s Affairs of Cameroon

Professor Marie Therese Obama who serves as the focal point for FAWE’s gender in higher education initiative at Université de Yaounde I in Cameroon has been appointed Minister for the Women and Family Affairs of Cameroon.

21 September 2009

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FAWE actions to enhance girls’ education show strong results in the first half of 2009

Steps taken by FAWE to support girls’ and women’s education in the first half of 2009 have produced significant results that confirm the organisation’s influential role in transforming African education for greater gender-responsiveness.

28 August 2009

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FAWE Uganda mobilises business community to support girls’ education

FAWE Uganda organised Girls’ Education Week from 8 to 14 August 2009 to mobilise support among the local business community to support girls’ education in the country.

14 August 2009

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FAWE and DANIDA partner to empower out-of-school girls in conflict-affected states

FAWE and DANIDA partner to empower out-of-school girls in conflict-affected states DANIDA Chief Advisor Ms Toni Michelsen (Left) and FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw at the signing of the grant agreement in Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 July 2009FAWE has signed an agreement with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to economically empower out-of-school girls in three conflict-affected states (CAFS) in Africa.

27 July 2009

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FAWE to contribute to University of Cambridge gender research project

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.

22 June 2009

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FAWE partners with COMED to build capacity in communicating for education and development

FAWE has been invited to partner with the ADEA Working Group on Communication for Education and Development (COMED) to develop a toolkit to build the capacity of African journalists and communication officers to communicate on education for development.

25 May 2009

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Université Cheikh Anta Diop to host FAWE regional office in Senegal

 Senegal’s Université Cheikh Anta Diop has agreed to host FAWE’s West Africa Sub-Regional Office (FAWE-WASRO) at its Gender and Scientific Research Laboratory, the gender research unit established and directed by FAWE Executive Committee member Dr Fatou Sarr.

8 May 2009

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FAWE National Chapters celebrate Global Action Week on Education

Over 160 million adults in sub-Saharan Africa are unable to read and write. Of these, over 60 percent are women. Some 75 million African children do not go to school. Fifty-five percent of them are girls.

20 April 2009

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FAWE joins Plan International advisory group on key strategies for primary education

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw will be part of an advisory group on primary education attending a workshop on primary education hosted by Plan International in Bristol, UK, from 6 to 9 April 2009.

6 April 2009

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FAWE partners with Norad to strengthen gender research in African education

FAWE has launched a research initiative geared towards strengthening gender research to improve girls’ and women’s education in Africa.

6 April 2009

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Togo to establish first FAWE Centre of Excellence

FAWE Togo, in collaboration with the Togo Ministry of Education (MOE), has taken steps to establish the first FAWE Centre of Excellence (COE), or gender-responsive school, in the country.

3 April 2009

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FAWE joins women leaders in Liberia empowerment, leadership colloquium

FAWE Chairperson Hon. Simone de Comarmond and FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw are in Monrovia, Liberia, attending the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.

6 March 2009

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FAWE to mark International Women’s Day with special focus on Zimbabwe

As countries around the world prepare to celebrate recent achievements in women’s rights and gender equality at global level and to press for greater progress on International Women’s Day on 8 March, FAWE, along with other organisations involved in the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), is focusing on the situation of women in Zimbabwe.

3 March 2009

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FAWE initiative promotes women’s access and professional development in higher education

FAWE has been selected by the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG) as one of the 30 stories to be featured on its 30th anniversary celebration website FAWE has launched a two-year initiative on African women in higher education in Africa with the objective of enabling access, professional development and promotion of women in higher education through gender-responsive research, innovative advocacy strategies and leadership training.

20 February 2009

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NYRAG’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” celebrates FAWE’s work

FAWE has been selected by the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG) as one of the 30 stories to be featured on its 30th anniversary celebration website www.philanthropystories.org.

2 February 2009

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FAWE mourns Comoros member Jeanine Samuel

FAWE Comoros has announced the sudden death of one of its members, Ms Jeanine Samuel Ernest Mlanao, who passed away on 27 January.

28 January 2009

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FAWE attends high-level African Union meetings

FAWE Chairperson Ms Simone de Comarmond and FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attending the 12th African Union Summit of Heads of States and Government. The theme of the Summit is Infrastructure and Development in Africa.

26 January 2009

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Aïcha Bah Diallo to head Guinea education ministry

Ms Aïcha Bah Diallo, Vice-Chairperson of the FAWE Executive Committee, has been named Minister of Pre-University, Technical, Professional and Civic Education of Guinea.

16 January 2009

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Sakena Yacoobi to receive fourth annual Kravis Prize in Leadership

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder and director of the Afghan Learning Institute, has been announced as the recipient of the 2009 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for her outstanding record in providing an estimated 3650,000 women and children with access to education and healthcare every year.

15 January 2009

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Christiana Thorpe is 2008 African of the Year runner up

Dr Christiana Thorpe of Sierra Leone was nominated as second runner up in the 2008 African of Year award organised by Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper.

15 January 2009

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FAWE prepares for Executive Committee and Donors’ Consortium meetings

FAWE will hold its 38th Executive Committee meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 24 February 2009 and its 7th Donors’ Consortium Meeting (DCM), also in Nairobi, from 26 to 27 February.

5 January 2009

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FAWE to heighten focus on positive factors for girls’ schooling in 2009

10 years ago, FAWE launched its Centre of Excellence (COE) model to create a fair and conducive learning environment for both girls and boys in Africa. Today, FAWE plans to scale up and replicate best practices for girls’ schooling emerging from the COE model. FAWE will establish new COEs in at least 10 countries this year while continuing to provide support to its 12 existing COEs and three newly established ones.

5 January 2009

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FAWE reviews successes of 2008 and charts it course for 2009

At a retreat held for its Regional Secretariat staff from 1 to 5 December 2008, FAWE reviewed progress made in the past year in the implementation of its Strategic Plan and issued its mission statement for 2009.

8 December 2008

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Jan Amos Comenius Medal awarded to former ADEA Executive Secretary

Former Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Mr Mamadou Ndoye was awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal at the International Conference on Education in Geneva, Switzerland, on 26 November 2008.

28 November 2008

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FAWE takes part in International Conference on Education on inclusive education

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw was a panellist in the final debate of the 48th Session of the International Conference on Education held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 24 to 28 November 2008.

27 November 2008

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FAWE urges inclusive education for the visually impaired

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw gave the keynote speech at the 4th Women’s Forum of the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) held in Casablanca, Morocco, from 23 to 25 November 2008.

25 November 2008

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FAWE urges gender-responsiveness in African training and skills development

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw spoke on education, training, skills development, and ICTs at the Sixth ECA-AU African Development Forum (ADF-VI) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 19 to 21 November 2008.

21 November 2008

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UNGEI Global Advisory Committee makes recommendations on strategies for EFA

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) held the second of this year’s bi-annual meetings of its Global Advisory Committee (GAC) on 12 November in Paris, France. 

17 November 2008

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FAWE calls for targeted funding for female education in areas affected by conflict

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw participated in UNICEF’s ‘Beyond School Books’ podcast series on education in emergencies on 28 October 2008.

30 October 2008

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FAWE Chairperson is elected Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation

FAWE Chairperson Hon. Simone de Comarmond has been elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Foundation, the intergovernmental body mandated to work with civil society organisations to promote democracy, sustainable development and inter-cultural understanding across the Commonwealth.

13 October 2008

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FAWE joins international women leaders’ discussion on women’s health and MDGs

FAWE participated in the International Women Leaders’ Initiative for Reproductive Health organised by the Council of Women World Leaders, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York, US, from 30 September to 1 October 2008

3 October 2008

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President Clinton announces $30m initiative to educate African businesswomen

Former US President Bill Clinton announced a $30 million commitment by members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to ‘empower women in developing countries with business education.’ FAWE will be actively involved in this commitment.

29 September 2008

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CGI female education commitments parallel FAWE strategic focus

A number of new commitments announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, US, in September 2008 are directly in line with FAWE’s newest areas of intervention as stated in its 2008-2012 Strategic Plan.

29 September 2008

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FAWE contributes to Clinton Global Initiative education discussions

Dr Christiana Thorpe, Chief Electoral Commissioner of Sierra Leone and Founding Chairperson of FAWE Sierra Leone, and Dr Codou Diaw, Executive Director of FAWE, were active participants in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting held in New York, US, in September 2008.

29 September 2008

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‘Class of 2015’ launch: FAWE urges transformation of African education

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw made a statement at the launch of the Global Campaign for Education ‘Class of 2015: Education for All’ in New York, US, on 25 September 2008.

26 September 2008

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FAWE calls for empowerment through education at Africa Women’s Forum

FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw was a panellist at the Africa Women’s Forum organised by UNIFEM as a side event to the High Level Meeting on Africa’s development needs held in New York, US, on 22 September.

24 September 2008

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FAWE elects new Executive Committee

FAWE elected new members to its Executive Committee at the organisation's 7th General Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya from 30 to 31 July 2008.

11 August 2008

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FAWE’s 7th General Assembly and Executive Committee elections, 2008

FAWE will host its 7th General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 to 31 July. The theme of the event is ‘Advancing girls’ education: scaling up FAWE’s successful models’ and it will focus on strategies to achieve the replication and mainstreaming of FAWE’s successful models for girls’ schooling in education systems across Sub-Saharan Africa.

25 June 2008

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FAWE to attend UNGEI regional meeting on gender equality in education

As a member of the UNGEI Global Advisory Committee (GAC), FAWE will attend the Asia-Pacific Technical Meeting on Equity, Gender and Quality in Education in Asia-Pacific to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 11 to 12 June.

6 June 2008

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FAWE National Chapters lay the groundwork for 7th General Assembly

FAWE’s 35 National Chapters will participate in sub-regional assemblies as part of their preparation for the 7th FAWE General Assembly to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 to 31 July.

2 June 2008

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FAWE’s 7th General Assembly to focus on scaling up models for girls’ education

The Forum for African Women Educationalists will host its 7th General Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 to 31 July. The theme of the General Assembly is ‘Advancing girls’ education: scaling up FAWE’s successful models’, and the presentation of FAWE’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan will highlight how the organisation aims to leverage its strengths to achieve the replication and mainstreaming of its successful models for girls’ education in education systems across Sub Saharan Africa.

14 May 2008

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FAWE to foreground educating girls in post-conflict areas at ADEA Biennale

Of the 77 million children reported by UNESCO to be out of school around the world in 2006, 57 percent are girls and 39 million – more than half – live in Conflict-Affected Fragile States (CAFS).

25 April 2008

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The 2008 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership celebrates FAWE’s achievements

In recognition of its outstanding achievements and impact in obtaining access to education for over 12 million girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa, FAWE was awarded the 2008 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. The Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, honours extraordinary accomplishment and bold, visionary leadership in the non-profit sector.

14 April 2008

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