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International Women's Day 2014 - Equality for Women is progress for all International Women's Day 2014 - Equality for Women is progress for all
Message from Madam Hon Aicha Bah Diallo, Chairperson of the African Women Educationalists (FAWE) on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day 2014.…

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Precious J. Deshield,  24 years, Liberia Precious J. Deshield, 24 years, Liberia
FAWE has helped me see for myself what I am capable of and that I can succeed. I study civil engineering at Stella Maris Polytechnic in Liberia.

Zanzibar

ZANZIBAR
FAWE Zanzibar contact details

Coordinator: Asma Ismail

Chair: Mrs. Rabia Hamdan

Address:FAWE Zanzibar Chapter
             Voga Street
             Chuo cha Uandishiwa Habari
             P.O. Box 3330
             ZANZIBAR
Tel:(255) 242 223-5226/777205944;255 777 422 870
E-mail:fawezan@zanlink.com; asmabim@hotmail.com;rmahamdani@yahoo.com

BACKGROUND:

Population: 641,000 people
Area: 2,382 sq. km

5 regions, 10 districts
GNP average annual growth rate: 4.5% per annum

KEY GOVERNMENT EDUCATION POLICIES:

  • Government encourages partnerships with religious authorities and external partners. This policy increased enrolments in ECC from 2.8% in 1998 to 86.2% in 1998
  • No compulsory payment of school fees but communities are encouraged to contribute
  • Girls are given incentives in order to increase enrollments
  • Government runs sensitization programmes for communities to address needs of girls and special children
  • There is an active policy to promote participation of girls in science and technology
  • Provision of education to neo-literates (re-entry) through radio and group programmes
  • Provision of guidance and counseling services in schools
  • Developing an accreditation system for ‘Madrasah’ and ‘Quran’ schools in order to provide quality education.

KEY COUNTRY CHALLENGES IN GIRLS EDUCATION
  • Shortage of classrooms and other teaching facilities
  • Lack of laboratories and other science facilities
  • Few female teachers
  • Predominant use of Kiswahili language affecting development of the English language
  • Poverty limiting access to education
  • High dropout rates
  • Poor curriculum that does not reflect learners’ needs
  • By 1996, there was not a single institution of higher learning that offered degrees and post-graduate diplomas
  • Poor performance in SMT

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