As illustrated in the graphic above, embedding gender equality principles in access to, within and through education at a system change level has the potential to create long-term, sustainable change that delivers on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of gender equality and quality education for all.
What does a gender-transformative approach to education look like in practice?
To illustrate with an example, the Nepal Partnership Compact hardwired gender equality through its priority reform, aiming to create gender-sensitive schools free from gender-based violence and harassment.
To improve marginalized girls’ access to education, Nepal granted secondary school scholarships to girls and households affected by poverty.
To enhance gender equality within education, reforms aimed to increase the number of female teachers, and a review of curriculum materials and topics challenged gender and disability stereotypes, to create a more equitable experience for boys and girls in Nepal’s educational spaces.
Reforms addressed gender equality through education with a life-skills curriculum and materials that include gender equality and human rights. This curriculum helps young Nepalese learn essential critical-thinking skills, understand their rights and become agents for change.
The influence of social norms cuts across all 3 of these areas of engagement for gender equality (access to, within and through education).
Engaging the multiple actors who are involved in system change decisions is key to identifying sustainable solutions to gender transformative change. Different actors in the partnership are accountable to advancing gender equality and their roles and responsibilities are outlined in the paper.
How do we operationalize gender equality within the partnership?
With this new operational paper, we outline how actors across GPE are taking tangible actions to deliver on the high-level goal of achieving gender equality (as illustrated in the entry points table below) and define core gender-related terms to reinforce a common language around gender equality concepts in education across the partnership.