Scaling Up Girls' Education: Towards a scorecard on girls' education in the Commonwealth (2004)

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©Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date: 2004
Author/Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat
Language: English

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This paper presents a methodology for developing a scorecard on girls' access to and retention in formal primary schooling in Commonwealth countries in Africa. While acknowledging the limitations of scorecards in capturing the complexity of factors involved, the authors suggest that a scorecard could facilitate assessment of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and permit comparative analysis and identification of key elements to success, thus supporting scaling up of gender equity programmes.

The scorecard looks at not only numbers of girls who attend and remain in primary school, but also whether those girls are able to translate that attendance and retention into future schooling at a secondary level and healthy lives where they earn a reasonable income.

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