Making UNGEI Work: Lessons from Four African Countries
The four UNGEI programmes reported in this volume were in Burundi, Lesotho, Uganda and Zambia. The programmes shared some common features, whereas others were more specific to the national and local situation. Among the common elements across the four countries were a pro-“girls’ education” policy framework and the involvement of girls themselves, along with their parents and communities, in the education programmes.
There was an across the board emphasis on quality education, and material and physical facilities were provided. Governments and partners alike provided financial support. Advocacy played a large role. This contributed to the development of partnerships for girls’ education and ultimately the institutionalization of reforms. As described herein, these approaches make interesting reading – and provide many useful lessons for girls’ (and boys’) education initiatives anywhere.