Forum For African Women Educationalists

Objectives and Mission: 

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.

General description: 

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.

Country Presence: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Field of Interest: 
Climate, Education, Health, Literacy, UNESCO Chair, Women, Women's Education