Work at all levels to reinforce policies and practices that promote gender equity in access, retention and quality, within the context of achieving education for all - a human right and development necessity; encourage governments to pay attention to factors constraining the access, survival and achievement of girls in education; act as a think tank and pressure group to effect positive changes in female education in Africa; improve the quality of basic education to benefit more girls; provide a forum for continual debate on girls' education; highlight priorities and build consensus around such priorities; document and disseminate information on innovative strategies and encourage their replication; build essential links between educational research, policy, planning and implementation.
FAWE work has improved the academic and social development of both girls and boys in their countries of operation.
It uses a four-pronged approach to transform girls' education and to achieve gender equity and equality in education across Africa:
Policy advocacy – influencing governments and other partners to review existing educational policies and adopt strategies to achieve greater and better participation of girls’ in education.
Community advocacy – building public awareness on the social and economic value of girls’ education so that citizens themselves take responsibility for the task and collectively work to support the agenda.
Interventions – developing and promoting models that demonstrate that contexts can be created that are conducive to girls’ enrolment, continuation and successful completion of the school cycle.
Replication and mainstreaming – encouraging governments to adopt and generalise innovations that have demonstrated positive impacts on girls’ schooling.
The Secretariat coordinates efforts of national chapters; oversees and facilitates regional programmes; disseminates the strategies and skills needed for undertaking interventions.
Work programme focuses on strategic resource planning.
Project proposals are invited and then scrutinized by a committee of experts before approval by Executive Committee.
Awards the 'Agathe Uwilingiyimana Prize (Agathe Prize)' in recognition of innovative achievement in female education in Africa.