GAP

The Gender Achievements and Prospects in Education (GAP) report, a multimedia project, is more than a wake-up call. Building on the knowledge and observations of people who work in development and education, it is designed to assess progress towards gender parity in education by 2005 and universal primary education by 2015, highlight innovations, identify obstacles, generate discussion and give guidance. GAP begins at the point of agreed upon and established assessments and ends with a concrete action plan. It focuses on the challenge to get all children – girls as well as boys – into school, or know why they are not.

Stories from the field

 

Girls
Girls' education and empowerment in Zimbabwe
HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe, 24 January 2006 - Ten -year-old Mitchell Gwatidzo shudders as she retells the story of her little friend who was abused by her uncle. In her crisply ironed blue uniform, Mitchell boldly raises an issue that more and more Zimbabwean children are speaking out about. Read More >
Turkey:
Turkey: 'Hey Girls, Let’s Go to School!'
VAN, Turkey – In hundreds of villages here, in schools and homes and coffee houses, the same question is being asked by teachers, journalists, local activists and religious leaders: “What will it take to get your daughter in school?”
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South Africa: ‘GEM and bread’ help nourish communities
South Africa: ‘GEM and bread’ help nourish communities
GA THOKA, Limpopo Province, South Africa – There is no light or electricity in this grey, dusty village. Basic services such as water and sanitation are inaccessible for many families, and health facilities are nearly non-existent. Resettled on land that was claimed by the government in an attempt to redress the legacies of apartheid, the community of Ga Thoka has few resources to help it forge a brighter future for its children. Read More >
Botswana: ‘Telling the Story’ of girls’ education
Botswana: ‘Telling the Story’ of girls’ education
GABORONE, Botswana – For 21-year-old Boipelo Semere, a third-year student at the University of Botswana, the law degree she will soon receive is only one measure of success. Read More >
UN Administered Province of Kosovo: Community alliances keep girls in school
UN Administered Province of Kosovo: Community alliances keep girls in school
PRISTINA, United Nations Administered Province of Kosovo, 22 November 2005 – Six years after the end of the conflict here – in which bombs turned thousands of residents into refugees and reduced much of the landscape to rubble – schools are recovering with the help of an innovative parent-teacher alliance. Read More >
Sierra Leone: Partners take community education to children in rural areas
Sierra Leone: Partners take community education to children in rural areas
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 26 April 2005 – “Every child must have the opportunity to access education in Sierra Leone,” said Dr. Alpha T. Wurie, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, during the launch of the Community Movement for Education (CoME) Initiative at Rogbesse Community School in northern Sierra Leone. Read More >
Senegal: Successful partnerships open school doors for girls
Senegal: Successful partnerships open school doors for girls
DAKAR, Senegal – It is early in the morning and not all the children have arrived yet, but the school yard at Ndiarème B primary school in the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, is already bustling. Girls and boys are busy sweeping dusty floors and filling plastic bottles with water for the flowerbeds outside their class rooms. Read More >
South Sudan: New struggle for former rebels
South Sudan: New struggle for former rebels
RUMBEK, South Sudan, 31 May 2005 – For six years, Reuben Meen fought on the front lines of Africa’s longest-running civil war. Read More >
Egypt: Community Mapping Transforms Youth
Egypt: Community Mapping Transforms Youth
Community Youth Mapping is a process – developed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) Center for Youth Development and Policy Research – through which young people canvass local businesses and organizations and document where to find resources for children and families. Read More >
‘Scholarship Plus’ for Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa
‘Scholarship Plus’ for Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mentors. Community involvement. Female role models. HIV/AIDS education. Those may not sound like parts of a typical scholarship program. But then, the African Girls Scholarship Program is not typical. Read More >
School feeding programmes encourage children to attend school
School feeding programmes encourage children to attend school
There are 300 million chronically hungry children in the world. 100 million of them do not attend school. The majority are girls. Read More >
Angola: Postwar reconstruction helps close gender gap in education
Angola: Postwar reconstruction helps close gender gap in education
MATETE, Angola, 15 June 2005 - Awakened by the sunrise, 15-year-old Branca rushes to the nearest water pump, almost a kilometre away from her family’s mud hut. Before the start of her school day, she must carry a twenty-litre water bucket back home and help her mother and sister prepare breakfast. Read More >
Nigeria : UNICEF and partners create a model child-friendly school
Nigeria : UNICEF and partners create a model child-friendly school
Model Primary School, New Owerri, Nigeria, is a bold testimony that initiatives to make schools child-friendly can succeed. Read More >
Sudan: Community radios reach the unreachable
Sudan: Community radios reach the unreachable
KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 2005 – In a country where rural areas remain hard to reach, adult populations are often illiterate and the number of local dialects is said to exceed 500, communication can be a real challenge. Read More >
Gambia: Zeal of communities gets girls into school
Gambia: Zeal of communities gets girls into school
SARE SAMBA & JATTABA, The Gambia, 27 June 2005 - The young actor steps forward. “My daughter will not go to school. There is no value in these western teachings. She will stay at home, do the cooking and find a husband.” He stamps his foot; the audience laughs. Read More >
Philippines: Girls are equal to boys in Philippine schools. Or are they?
Philippines: Girls are equal to boys in Philippine schools. Or are they?
MANILA, 14 June 2005 – “In my class, it’s mostly boys who drop out,” said Vernelou Kidro, 16, during a recent theater rehearsal at a community centre in Tondo, a Manila neighbourhood with thousands of tiny, ramshackle houses. Read More >
Jamaica: Gender-fair schools stem boys
Jamaica: Gender-fair schools stem boys' anger
KINGSTON, Jamaica/NEW YORK, USA, 14 November 2005 – School life for boys and girls at Children First in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is very different from most other schools. Read More >
Villagers in Papua New Guinea pool resources to pay unaffordable school fees
Villagers in Papua New Guinea pool resources to pay unaffordable school fees
KUNDIAWA DISTRICT, CHIMBUTU PROVINCE, Papua New Guinea, 25 May 2005 – Today is a special day at Gaglmambuno Primary School, located in a remote area of Papua New Guinea’s highlands. Read More >
Swaziland: A teacher returns home to confront barriers to girls’ education
Swaziland: A teacher returns home to confront barriers to girls’ education
Sibili Nsibande is ready to tackle head on the challenges that children, girls especially, encounter in staying in school in Swaziland that has the highest adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world. Read More >
Mozambique: Early pregnancy threatens a girl’s chance to go to school
Mozambique: Early pregnancy threatens a girl’s chance to go to school
Carolina Florência tenderly rocks her two-year-old daughter as she talks about her plans to leave her rural homestead in Gondola, in the central province of Manica, and try her luck in the provincial capital of Tete. Read More >
Kenya: Regional disparities threaten progress towards education for all
Kenya: Regional disparities threaten progress towards education for all
LOKICHOGGIO, Kenya, 17 November 2005 – Far from the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown Nairobi, children in this remote corner of Kenya spend their school days wondering if they will eat a single meal. Read More >
Parents
Parents' determination keeps girls in school
Ardo, Djibouti, June 2005 – While in many of Djibouti’s rural villages poverty, lack of educational facilities and cultural constraints prevent girls from going to school, in others these obstacles have only reinforced the community’s determination to do what is best for its children. Read More >
Girls in rural villages missing out on education
Girls in rural villages missing out on education
DJIBOUTI, June 2005 – Aisha Mohamed Hassan may not know how old she is, but she knows how much she likes school. One of very few girls to go to school in the remote rural village of Koutabouye, this six- or seven-year-old is still in her first year and, if given a chance, would certainly like to finish her education. Read More >
A day in the life of a determined schoolgirl
A day in the life of a determined schoolgirl
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 8 November 2004 - Fifteen-year-old Haitza Ortiz lives with her mother and younger sister in a poor suburb of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. Haitza’s school starts in the afternoon, so she uses the morning to do chores around the house. Read More >
Nicaragua: New national education model counteracts gender discrimination, often linked to domestic violence
Nicaragua: New national education model counteracts gender discrimination, often linked to domestic violence
LIMAY, Nicaragua/NEW YORK, 28 October 2005 – Victoria Rayo primary school in Limay, Estelí province, northern Nicaragua, has undergone remarkable changes since it joined the country's Child-Friendly and Healthy Schools Initiative in 2003. Water and sanitation facilities have been fixed, children are being served a daily meal and the classrooms are nicely decorated with learning materials. Read More >
Children map a brighter future for schoolgirls in Uganda
Children map a brighter future for schoolgirls in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda, 13 May 2005 – As the 2005 target for gender parity in primary and secondary education comes due, children across Uganda are busily charting their nation’s progress toward education for all. Read More >
Making strides towards gender equality in the Punjab
Making strides towards gender equality in the Punjab
On a steamy day at the Shahpur Government Girls’ Primary School Sidra Yasmin rises before her classmates, a group of attentive six-year-olds, and confidently counts to one hundred. “I used to stay at home with my elder sisters to look after my sick father,” says Sidra. Read More >
‘Fair Play for Girls’ campaign uses cricket to promote development
‘Fair Play for Girls’ campaign uses cricket to promote development
Fair Play for Girls uses women’s cricket to promote key development messages in Pakistan for girls’ education, equality, and access to sports and recreation. Read More >
‘Girl-to-girl strategy’ helps girls stay in school in Madagascar
‘Girl-to-girl strategy’ helps girls stay in school in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 15 April 2005 – In Madagascar, UNICEF is advocating for girls’ education through an alliance with its most important partners: children. Read More >
Project helps child labourers return to school
Project helps child labourers return to school
DHARMAPURI DISTRICT, Tamil Nadu, India, 26 May 2005 – Their young hands should have held pencils and crayons. Instead, they touched deadly chemicals in matchbox factories, handled worms in silk farms, or were scalded by hot tea while serving customers in tea stalls. Instead of going to school, these child labourers lost precious months or years of their childhood earning paltry wages to support their families. Read More >
Girls demand equal access to education
Girls demand equal access to education
NEW DELHI, India, 11 April 2005 – Girls in India are demanding greater, sustained support for equal access to a good education. At a workshop organised by UNICEF in the Indian capital New Delhi on 7 April a group of around fifty girls from seven Indian states came together to discuss and share their experiences of schooling. Read More >
Communities unite around education
Communities unite around education
MOGADISHU, Somalia, 7 April 2005 - In war-torn Somalia, where a devastating civil conflict has fractured families and ravaged national institutions, communities are finding common cause in the drive for education for all. Read More >
Angola: After 30 years of civil war, school reconstruction helps build a bright future
Angola: After 30 years of civil war, school reconstruction helps build a bright future
HUAMBO, Angola, 28 July 2005 – The foundations of peace are now firmly in place in this country, which had been ravaged by civil conflict. Read More >

 

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