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  • New @GEMReport policy paper says: #DontForgetTheBoys if gender equality is to be achieved in and through education Bit.ly/dontforgettheboysDont forget the boys social media card 1
  • Just released: New @GEMReport policy paper puts the spotlight on the less recognized effects of gender norms on boys’ schooling #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Addressing boys’ disadvantage and disengagement in education is an essential part of a response to the challenge of gender inequality, in education and beyond #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • New @GEMReport policy paper shows how boys’ disengagement with education and high dropout rates have broad repercussions for gender equality throughout society #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Almost 1/2 of countries have enrolment disparities at boys’ expense in upper secondary education #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In many countries, boys are at greater risk of failing to progress and complete their secondary education #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Boys perform less well in assessments of reading skills worldwide #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

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New @GEM Report UNESCO policy paper puts the spotlight on the less recognized effects of gender norms on boys’ schooling. In many countries, boys are at greater risk of failing to progress and complete their secondary education and perform less well in assessments of reading skills worldwide - #DontForgetTheBoys if gender equality is to be achieved in and through education. Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

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Dont forget the boys social media card 2A new Global Education Monitoring Report policy paper argues that addressing boys’ disadvantage and disengagement in education is an essential part of a response to the challenge of gender inequality, in education and beyond. In many countries, boys are at greater risk of failing to progress and complete their secondary education and perform increasingly less well in assessments of reading skills worldwide. Download the policy paper #DontForgetTheBoys: Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

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  • Gender norms and beliefs that are traditionally associated with the exclusion of girls can also negatively affect boys #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Boys’ lower attainment or learning achievement are linked to poverty leading to demands on them to search for work #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Less educated men are more likely to express discriminatory gender views #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • While the world has set its sights on universal completion of secondary education by 2030, take note of boys’ continuing disadvantage in several countries #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Actively addressing boys’ disadvantage in education could promote gender equality, reduce violence and protect youth from risks that could interfere with their futures #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Boys’ gender identity can influence their self-concept as readers, especially those who don’t have male role models that can support them #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

Building a more equal societyDont forget the boys social media card 3

  • Improving educational outcomes for young men, as future partners and fathers, can help mitigate violence and promote more equal gender relations within households #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Improving boys’ access to inclusive education of good quality can address youth disenfranchisement and gang violence #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In #Brazil, rates of violence and violent deaths are high for young men in settings where lack of education and employment opportunities lead them into gangs and the drugs trade #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Engaging young men in parent training initiatives has been shown to increase their involvement in childcare and to improve gender relations within participating families #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Programmes to prepare both boys and girls to be caregivers and providers in the future can be embedded into schools, early childhood development initiatives and extra-curricular clubs #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • The road to gender equality passes through boys' and girls' access to equitable education of good quality #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

Regional disadvantagesDont forget the boys social media card 4

  • In secondary and post-secondary education, boys are at a disadvantage in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and North America #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • The pace of change for addressing boys’ disadvantage in upper secondary education has been slower than for girls’ #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • The gender gap at the expense of boys in reading skills was equivalent to almost a year of school in Qatar and the UAE at grade 4; by age 15, it exceeded a full year of school #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • While poor girls face stronger education exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, poor boys tend to bear the brunt of education marginalization in many Latin American and South-east Asian countries #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

Poverty

  • In many middle and high income countries, poor boys are more likely to fall behind in school than poor girls #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Poor young men often access unskilled jobs like those they would access after completing secondary school so have less motivation to stay in education #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboysDont forget the boys social media card 5
  • Poor boys tend to bear the brunt of education marginalization in many Latin American and Caribbean and South-east Asian countries. #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • If poor boys and young men can readily access unskilled jobs, which are not very different to those they could access if they completed secondary school, they may have less motivation to stay in school. #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • When a poor household’s income suddenly drops, families may withdraw boys from secondary school so that they can earn money #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In Brazil, a sudden fall in family income had a 46% larger effect on the probability of poor boys dropping out of school as compared to boys in non-poor households #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In southern African countries, including Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, boys are taken out of school early to herd cattle #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In Lesotho, boys are less likely than girls to complete secondary school and poor boys are even less likely to do so than poor girls #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Living in poverty can entail difficult neighbourhood dynamics and inadequate healthcare, which may have an influence on the ability to attend school #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

School EnvironmentDont forget the boys social media card 6

  • Condoning of violent behaviour places boys at greater risk of becoming both perpetrators and victims of physical violence and bullying, both inside and outside school #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • A vicious cycle of disengagement from education and involvement in risky behaviour has been observed for poorer boys in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, where school gangs have emerged #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Because boys are often perceived as tough and undisciplined, they are more likely to experience corporal punishment than girls #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In India, corporal punishment is used to enforce gender norms and cultural expectations that boys should ‘toughen up #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In southern parts of the US, where females have a 10% greater chance of graduating than males, expulsion is one of the factors most strongly associated with school dropout #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Research from middle and high income countries shows that streaming students by ability can disadvantage boys #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

Teachers

  • Teachers should be perceived as consistent, fair and supportive, regardless of gender #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboysDont forget the boys social media card 7
  • Teacher expectations about the capacities of male and female students can influence performance #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • In Jamaica boys were told they were lazy, leading to low self-esteem, streaming into remedial classes, and poor academic achievement and test results #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Teachers have been found to have low academic expectations of boys in Malaysia, Samoa, Seychelles and Trinidad and Tobago #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys

Recommendations

  • Governments, schools and civil society organizations can help to improve boys’ participation, attainment and learning outcomes by working towards changing gender norms that affect boys and girls #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Teaching and learning strategies that focus on transferable skills, foster active learning or promote individual mentoring and target setting have positive effects on both boys’ and girls’ educational outcomes #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys
  • Policy-makers must ensure all girls and boys complete secondary school but entrenched gender norms negatively affect the education outcomes not only of girls but also of boys #DontForgetTheBoys Bit.ly/dontforgettheboys