Girls’ Education in Islamic Countries

Helpdesk Query:

Provide a literature search to cover: Conditional cash transfers (CCT) to girls, asset transfers to mothers, scholarships for women teachers, school sanitation, bussing girls to school, and mobilising school-based management (SBM) to monitor teacher attendance.

Summary:

This report provides information on which methods have worked well to improve access to education for girls in Islamic countries.  The report covers the following areas:

  • Conditional cash transfers to girls- Evaluation results from programes include examples from Bangladesh, Punjab, Yemen and Nigeria.  All showed increased female enrolment.
  • Women teachers increasing girls’ attendance- Information was found on the need for women teachers, with evidence from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Somalia showing a huge increase in girls’ enrolment when female teachers taught in schools.
  • School sanitation- Schools sanitation is very important, an example of this is that a UNICEF intervention in Bangladesh to improve school sanitation increased attendance of girls by 11 percent.
  • Transport for Girls- Articles are included on Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.  A significant problem is also noted; men are not allowed to come into contact with school girls but women aren’t allowed to drive.
  • Mobilising school based management (SBM) committees to monitor teachers attendance- Examples from Islamic countries were found discussing SBM and community schooling in general. Information is on Pakistan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Egypt.

 

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