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The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancement of women and girls worldwide. This interview is with Meighan Stone, president of the Malala Fund, highlighting new challenges to universal access to quality education. July 12th was Malala Day, the UN-named day to mark the birthday of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who spends the day each year campaigning for girls’ education. This week, Yousafzai visited the world’s largest refugee camp, a site in Dadaab that hosts displaced Somalians.
“The problem is that there aren’t enough schools in Somalia,” Yousafzai told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, sitting in a classroom in one of Dadaab’s seven secondary schools.“If they (girls) do not go to school, then they get married at a very early age—and the same would have been my future if I couldn’t go to school,” she said.
Britain pledged 100 million pounds ($130 million) on Thursday to help educate girls in the world’s poorest countries in a move described by International Development Secretary Justine Greening as a post-Brexit bridge to the world. The funding, part of Britain’s ‘Girls Education Challenge’ project will help 175,000girls in 18 countries who could not attend school due to poverty, child marriage or early pregnancy.
The need to get girls back into school quickly after emergencies was highlighted yesterday at the Girls’ Education Forum in London, which brought together governments, businesses, aid agencies and young volunteers.
At the World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea, representatives issued a declaration reaffirming the vision of Education for All, initiated in Jomtien in 1990 and reiterated in Dakar in 2000. The Education 2030 Declarationarticulates a continued vision for achieving inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. This vision explicitly recognizes the importance of “gender equality in achieving the right to education for all and supporting gender-sensitive policies, planning and learning environments; mainstreaming gender issues in teacher training and curricula; and eliminating gender-based discrimination and violence in schools”.
The Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) announced today US$17 million to strengthen the education of adolescent girls in developing countries. The funding will help improve education for adolescent girls, in particular around the transition between primary and lower-secondary school and focus on interventions to keep girls in school to complete a secondary education at a critical age when many girls drop out.
Pour que tous les enfants puissent accéder à l’éducation primaire d’ici 2030, le nombre de professeurs d’école nécessaire est estimé à 25,8 millions. Face à la croissance sans précédent de la population en âge de fréquenter l’école, l’Afrique subsaharienne fait face aux plus importants défis.
In the first quarter of 2016, the West African Examinations Council released a statistical breakdown by states of performance in the 2015 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Osun State, ingloriously hugged the bottom of the barrel. As bad as that is, the SSCE result is not the only evidence of mis-education in that state. The hijab debacle suggests that education, its acquisition and the virtue learning confers, might have been traded for the nostrum of “to hijab or not to hijab.”
My participation at the 2016 Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen last month is the continuation of my advocacy. It was a huge opportunity for me to face world leaders and talk to them about issues like education in emergencies and youth employment especially for young girls like me. During the two sessions where I was a panelist alongside very important, powerful people, I was able to explain that even young people can be a part of change. I myself was able to change my parents’ perspective about what girls can do.
Last year, 39 million girls were out of school because of conflict and crises – and they are 2.5 times more likely than boys to drop out. Campaigners say they need special assistance from a new $4bn fund, Education Cannot Wait.
As the international community gears up for the very first World Humanitarian Summit focusing on solutions to the most intractable humanitarian challenges, educating displaced adolescent girls must be a top priority. A new report from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security titled “Closing the Gap: Adolescent Girls’ Access to Education in Conflict-Affected Settings” details opportunities for effective action.
“Na segunda-feira, Sakena Yacobbi chamava a atenção para a necessidade da Educação. O primeiro dia ficou marcado pela desmistificação do termo Feminismo e pela inclusão de todos na luta pela Igualdade de Género. A princesa Mary da Dinamarca lembrou que esta luta não se trata de um assunto apenas de mulheres, mas da Humanidade.”
““A Educação é a chave para a Igualdade”, acredita Sakena Yacoobi. Do Afeganistão, a fundadora do Instituto Afegão de Aprendizagem alertou para a eficácia da Educação na aquisição de Direitos. “Quando comecei a estudar, a ter acesso ao Ensino, a ser ‘educada’, comecei a deixar de ter medo. A Educação é a chave para o conhecimento, o empoderamento feminino começa na Educação. Quando a mulher ouve, lê e sabe que é igual. Quando o homem entende o mesmo e, juntos, educados, entendem aquilo que é tão simples mas que ainda traz tantos equívocos e injustiças: homens e mulheres são iguais”.
Malaka runs a tight ship. The principal of an all-girls primary school nestled deep in the heartland of Balkh – a mountainous province in Afghanistan – what sets Malaka apart isn’t her formidable management skills. It is the unwavering commitment to her students. When students can’t afford school supplies, Malaka chips in personally to prevent them from dropping out. When the Provincial Education Directorate asked her to introduce a third shift in her school, Malaka refused. She wasn’t going to compromise learning time for her girls.
Schooling supports a peaceful and prosperous world by offering children the opportunity to thrive. Protracted conflict and crisis have prevented 75 million children from accessing an education. Over half of these children are girls. In 2016, Global Citizen has shared stories of children and places from around the world whose schooling was disrupted by devastating crises such as war, conflict or natural disaster.