Under the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education: Better Life, Better Future, the UNESCO-HNA Partnership was established in February 2014 followed by the establishment of the UNESCO/HNA Funds-in-Trust.
Two complementary projects were launched during the International Seminar on Girls’ and Women’s Education in September 2015 to support African and Asian countries to accelerate their progress in achieving gender equality in education, with particular focus on gender-responsive teacher training and professional development. The projects will be implemented over a period of five years, for a total budget of USD 5 million.
Objectives of the Partnership
- Improve/expand access to all levels of education through targeted policies and interventions, with a particular focus on adolescent girls who are hardest to reach
- Improve the quality and relevance of basic and secondary education to ensure that girls, especially adolescents, stay, achieve and transition through all levels of education and into the world of work
- Make learning environments accessible and safe for all children, and eliminate school-related gender-based violence.
Two projects in seven countries
The first project seeks to strengthen global and regional advocacy, networking and communication to ensure girls’ right to education, and develop national capacities for gender-responsive education in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nepal. It is coordinated by UNESCO Headquarters, with UNESCO-IICBA providing specific technical support to Ghana and Ethiopia.
- Project implementation has started in all three countries.
- Ghana: the project aims to ensure effective coordination of interventions by the Girls’ Education Unit (GEU) of the Ghana Education Service and to increase girls’ participation in science-related subjects
- Ethiopia: the project aims to build human and institutional capacities at 3 Higher Learning Institutions and 12 upper and secondary schools in Gender Responsive Pedagogy; improve the knowledge and skills of adolescent girls on gender responsiveness and life skills; and create a gender responsive and safe learning environment at schools through community engagement
- Nepal: the project aims to strengthen the capacity of key education stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of gender responsive policies and practices; increase high-level political support for adolescent girls’ education; and raise awareness and improve documentation of good practices for adolescent girls’ education
- UNESCO-IICBA Training on Promoting Gender Equality in Education through Gender Responsive Pedagogy in Adama, Ethiopia (18-21 July 2016)
- An annual online review meeting took place in October 2016 with the three countries reviewing progress made on the project
- Experience Sharing Workshop on Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Gender Mainstreaming in Education in Nairobi, Kenya (24-25 November 2016)
- Next steps: Ongoing project implementation in the three countries; UNESCO-IICBA will develop a Gender Responsive Pedagogy toolkit in 2017
The second project aims at developing national capacity for gender-sensitive teacher policy formulation and building the capacities of teacher trainers and trainees, school leaders and teachers to promote gender-sensitive teaching and learning environments and practices, in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. It is coordinated by the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Bangkok.
- Regional experts meeting on Assessing Gender Issues in Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Training in Asia (19-20 November 2015)
- Regional training on Gender Assessment in Teacher Education in Asia (25-27 May 2016)
- Country guidelines for assessing gender responsiveness of teacher education systems and a set of instruments were developed and are being pilot-tested in the countries
- Next steps: capacity-building of Ministry of Education officials on gender-sensitive teacher policy development, with a regional training taking place in April 2017
- 06.02.2017 - STEM clinics to boost girls’ participation in STEM education in Ghana
- 01.02.2017 - Better life for girls: addressing the missing element for teachers in Ethiopia
- Summary report from the International Seminar on Girls’ and Women’s Education (Beijing, September 2015)
- UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education Brochure