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Key issues in engendering African education: Remaining challenges and promising responses

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Fifty years into “independence” and as 2015, a target year for both Education For All and the Millennium Development Goals, draws closer, many African countries are still confronted with enormous educational challenges. Despite leaps in access and enrollment in many parts of the continent, several countries are still struggling to provide adequate responses to quality, equity and equality issues in the sector. In the debate around education in Africa, there is increasing consensus that gender equity and equality issues can no longer be overlooked or neglected, because the cost of ignoring them is just too high. From “smart economics” to inclusion arguments, all current approaches to educational development recognize that Africa must provide equal educational opportunities to men and women, boys and girls in order to bring about the socio-economic progress necessary for prosperity and stability. It has also been argued that without quality, relevance and innovation in teaching and learning, education will fail to lead to socio-economic progress.

This paper examines the issues around the nexus between gender equity/equality and quality education for girls and women. It analyzes key issues that hamper female education in Africa, e.g. transition to post-primary education, female teacher recruitment and development, conflict, gender-based violence, adolescent sexual/reproductive health and rights. It discusses the interaction of these factors in enabling or hindering the realization of female empowerment through education and its implication for socio-economic progress. Examples will be drawn from educational practice to illustrate how innovative gender-responsive approaches can contribute to improving the current situation.
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Diaw, Codou. "Key issues in engendering African education: Remaining challenges and promising responses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494186_index.html>

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Diaw, C. "Key issues in engendering African education: Remaining challenges and promising responses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494186_index.html

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Abstract: Fifty years into “independence” and as 2015, a target year for both Education For All and the Millennium Development Goals, draws closer, many African countries are still confronted with enormous educational challenges. Despite leaps in access and enrollment in many parts of the continent, several countries are still struggling to provide adequate responses to quality, equity and equality issues in the sector. In the debate around education in Africa, there is increasing consensus that gender equity and equality issues can no longer be overlooked or neglected, because the cost of ignoring them is just too high. From “smart economics” to inclusion arguments, all current approaches to educational development recognize that Africa must provide equal educational opportunities to men and women, boys and girls in order to bring about the socio-economic progress necessary for prosperity and stability. It has also been argued that without quality, relevance and innovation in teaching and learning, education will fail to lead to socio-economic progress.

This paper examines the issues around the nexus between gender equity/equality and quality education for girls and women. It analyzes key issues that hamper female education in Africa, e.g. transition to post-primary education, female teacher recruitment and development, conflict, gender-based violence, adolescent sexual/reproductive health and rights. It discusses the interaction of these factors in enabling or hindering the realization of female empowerment through education and its implication for socio-economic progress. Examples will be drawn from educational practice to illustrate how innovative gender-responsive approaches can contribute to improving the current situation.


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