FAWE believes that the lives of African girls can be changed if there is a strong voice articulating their concerns and continuously reminding educational authorities and other stakeholders of their responsibility to bring about gender-responsiveness in education.
We work to achieve this through National Chapters (NCs) operating in over 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The countries are divided into four geographic and linguistic regions: West Africa, central Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa.
Through our NCs, we have been able to form a network of partners in education across the continent, with a recognised capacity to enhance the education of girls and women at all levels and to improve their life chances.
Role of National Chapters
The objective of FAWE NCs is to bring about broad-based and sustainable change in favour of girls' education at country level.
National Chapters identify priority education issues at national level, conceptualise solutions to these challenges, and implement interventions which address the challenges facing the education of girls and women in their countries. They have the capacity to influence decision-makers at policy level and communities at grassroots level.
Structure of National Chapters
National Chapters are registered as national NGOs in their countries of operation.
They are membership organisations governed by a National Executive Committee elected through a General Assembly of National Chapter members.
The National Executive Committee devises strategies for addressing education issues at country level, develops the NC’s work programme, and guides its operation.
The National Chapter Coordinator manages the daily operations of the Chapter.
FAWE’s Regional Secretariat extends financial and technical support to National Chapters to strengthen their capacities in advocacy, programme implementation and management, building strategic alliances, and mobilising resources at national level.