Empowering African girls and women for life

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FAWE-Newsletter-2012-English-1A key concern of the African education sector today is ensuring that education programmes equip young Africans with the ideal combination of knowledge and practical skills for the transition to productive adult life. With the gross enrolment ratio in tertiary education at just six percent in sub-Saharan Africa1, it is clear that the majority of young people joining the labour force do so immediately after secondary education. Many will not have acquired the skills and qualifications to enable them to join the formal sector. Moreover, many of these young people will not have developed the basis for a successful transition to adulthood as individuals or to continue learning throughout their lives.

In order for young Africans to successfully step into adult roles such as work, family life and participation in their societies, education must equip them with knowledge, skills and characteristics over and above pure classroom learning. The empowerment and skills development approaches discussed in this March 2012 issue of Equal Education are a crucial in order for education to fulfil its promise to young Africans.

Linking girls’ education with healthier, safer transitions to adulthood

Protecting health, rights and education for adolescent girls – the FAWE-Packard Foundation initiative

Empowering African youth for adulthood and the world of work - the 2012 ADEA Triennial

Creating training and employment opportunities for girls in post-conflict situations - the FAWE-DANIDA project

Enabling rural mothers in Malawi to lead advocacy and community action on girls' education

Interview - Vivial Ojal, Armada Human Capital: "Provide young individuals with hands-on experience"

1 UNESCO (2011). EFA Global Monitoring Report: The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education. Paris:UNESCO.


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