FAWE is present in 33 African countries where its National Chapters (NCs), which are the implementing arms of the organisation, work to promote gender-responsive education policies and practices to empower girls and women. Each NC is registered as an independent national non-governmental organisation (NGO) but must have a constitution that is in line with the constitution of FAWE at continental level. A chapter is also bound to FAWE through the use of the name “FAWE” and through a charter. Each FAWE NC has a National Executive Committee (NEC) headed by an elected Chairperson, who is usually a prominent woman educationalist. A FAWE chapter is managed by a National Chapter Coordinator (NCC) who heads the National Secretariat of the chapter and reports directly to the National Executive Committee. The roles and responsibilities of the NEC are clearly defined in the constitution of the National Chapter (e.g. governance, leadership, internal control, guidance and supervision).
The effectiveness of the National Chapters depends on close partnership between the NEC and the NCC. National Chapters are the backbone of FAWE and have made FAWE what it is today: a well-respected and credible African NGO who is considered a reference in all matters related to girls’ and women’s education in Africa.
Although the roles and responsibilities of both the NECs and the National Secretariat are clearly stipulated in the NCs’ constitution, it appears that in some chapters these roles are not always clearly understood or adhered to.
The purpose of this workshop on governance for FAWE Chapter Chairpersons is to provide a platform for FAWE National Chapter Chairpersons to discuss governance issues affecting their chapters and to identify practical ways of resolving them. It will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and best practices in good governance to strengthen the effectiveness of Chapters’ operations at country level. More specifically, the workshop aims to: