Students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education engage with UNESCO’s work on Gender Equality


On 7 November 2018, Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, UNESCO’s Director for Gender Equality, was in Cambridge, Massachusetts to give a presentation to students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

During her presentation, Ms. Corat described the global context for girls’ education and provided data and evidence on persistent gaps and UNESCO’s work on girls’ education. She noted phenomena such as the funding gap for girls’ education, the benefits of education for girls and women, girls’ participation in STEM education, and digital skills for girls and women. She highlighted selected UNESCO programmes that focus on girls’ education, such as the Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, the Literacy Project for Girls and Women in Senegal, and the Joint Programme for the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Through Education implemented in partnership with UN WOMEN, UNFPA, and the World Bank.

Ms Corat’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session with the audience comprising around 40 graduate students and hosted by Professor Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Program at Harvard University. There was a great deal of interest on the part of the postgraduates, resulting in a lively interactive discussion on education, UNESCO’s role, and possible collaboration.

Special thanks to Faryal Khan, programme specialist in Education who is on leave at Harvard University as visiting researcher.