Education for pregnant girls and young mothers

Officially, pregnant girls in Kenya are allowed to stay in school as long as they think they can. However, there are cases where school authorities bar pregnant girls from attending school or girls leave school early to avoid stigma. There is no education provision whilst girls are on maternity leave unless parents are able to… Read more

Keeping the Promise: 5 Benefits of Girls’ Secondary Education

This book explores the benefits of secondary education for girls and the need for greater investment in girls’ secondary education. It highlights the challenges and barriers to education faced by girls. It also examines the social benefits of girls education to the whole society, and links girls secondary education to reduced infant mortality, increaseg childhood immunization and nutrition, reduced… Read more

‘Now I am free’—education and human resource development in Eritrea: contradictions in the lives of Eritrean women in higher education

Human resource development as an objective of education policy in developing countries is increasingly narrowed down to its human capital component. In Eritrea, the objective of a highly centralized human resource development strategy is to produce human capital for the advancement of the nation. This instrumentalist view ignores the fact that education is not only… Read more

Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Annual Review

The GESS project aims to increase enrolment, retention and levels achievement for girls in South Sudan. This review finds good progress on all three outputs. The continuing insecurity in the three Greater Upper Nile States has clearly impacted project progress, and a programme level Interim Strategy has been put in place to ensure GESS is… Read more

The Effects of Psychosocial Risk and Gender on School Attainment in Guatemala

This study examines the effects of gender and early biological, social, and psychological risk factors on secondary school grade attainment in rural Guatemalan adolescents. The present sample comprised 333 adolescents (156 females and 177 males) with available data on growth, health, and cognitive indices as well as family histories measured during infancy and the preschool… Read more

The Effects of Primary School Quality on School Dropout among Kenyan Girls and Boys

Studies of 36 rural elementary schools in Kenya and interviews with 774 adolescents in the schools’ attendance areas found that dropping out was significantly related to individual and family variables, with many stronger effects for girls than boys, and that girls’ remaining in school was discouraged by nonsupportive classroom environments, unequal treatment of boys and… Read more

Strong foundations for gender equality in early childhood care and education

This brief focuses on the gender issues in the services provided for children who are three years of age or older in the Asia-Pacific region. It starts by looking into the growth of early childhood care and education (ECCE) in the region and what is driving its growth. It explores why gender responsiveness is important… Read more

Advocacy brief on mother-tongue based teaching and education for girls

The Asia-Pacific region is characterised by rich ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity, and children who have an opportunity to learn through their mother tongue or home language have the best chance of understanding what is taught, making the connection between the spoken and written word and participating in their own learning. Yet, many children must… Read more

Water Hauling and Girls’ School Attendance: Some New Evidence from Ghana

In large parts of the world, a lack of home tap water burdens households as the water must be brought to the house from outside, at great expense in terms of effort and time This paper studies how such costs affect girls’ schooling in Ghana, with an analysis based on four rounds of the Demographic… Read more

Key to Equality: Early Childhood Development – Consultative Group on ECCD, post-2015 task team with Pia Rebello Britto

Social and economic inequalities begin early. Presented in this paper is evidence that Early Childhood Development (ECD) can lead to gender equality and empowerment, better health and education outcomes, improved skills, abilities and productivity, narrow the income, ethnic, and geographic inequality gaps, provide timely intervention for persons with disabilities, and is a cost effective strategy… Read more

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