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

Voices

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.

The Gambia

THE GAMBIA
FAWE Gambia contact details

Coordinator: Mrs. Yadicon Njie-Eribo
Chair: Mrs. Emily Foon-Sarr
Address:FAWE Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM)
             Teachers Union Complex,
             Kanifing South
             BANJUL, The Gambia
Tel/fax. (220)-4397646 / 220 4397266 / 9929811
Email: fawegam@hotmail.com;  yadineribo@hotmail.com; emilysarr@yahoo.com

Backgrond:
Population (millions)                 1.7
Population Growth Rate (%)             2.7
HIV Prevalence Rate, ages 15-49 (%)    2.0
Human Development Index (HDI) Rank: 151/169

Education status:

Primary Net Enrollment Rate (%)
       M/F    69       
       M    67       
       F    71
Primary Completion Rate (%)
       M/F    …       
       M    …       
       F    …
Secondary Net Enrollment Rate (%)
       M/F    84       
       M    84       
       F     84
Vocational and Technical (% of secondary enrolment) (%)
       M/F    …       
       M    …       
       F    …
Tertiary Gross Enrollment Ratio (%)
       M/F    6.4       
       M    7.0   
       F    5.8
Adult Literacy Rate (%)
       M/F    45   
       M    57   
       F    34
Financing of education
Public Education Spending (% of Government Spending)     …

Source: World Bank Education Statistics. Last updated April 2008


FAWE Action on the ground

Policy Advocacy
• Active member of the EFA National movement
• Trained in gender analysis and mainstreaming
• Member of Gender Expert Network that advices government on gender policy issues
• Participated in launch of National Policy for advancement of Gambian Women

Community Advocacy
• Capacity building programmes for NGOs.
• FAWE award for Media Excellence by female journalists
• Produces a Chapter newsletter, Voice of FAWEGAM

Interventions
Combating Poverty
• A well-established bursary scheme which supported needy schools
Improving girls' academic performance
•Creating Girls' clubs in schools
• Mentoring by engaging professional women mentors in schools
• Take Our Daughters to Work Programme
• Mothers' clubs - Counseling girls, provision of mosquito repellent nets, school
  grounds maintenance
• Launched Scholarship Directory and Career Resource Manual
• Voice of FAWEGAM, a newsletter that carries girls' voices
• Centre of Excellence at Sambang Upper Basic School, The Gambia
• Launched manual on Gambian Women in SMT " Run science clinics
• Established science clubs in schools

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