In this blog series, we highlight emerging results from the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange that demonstrate how demand-driven evidence can be generated and mobilized to support education systems strengthening in the Global South. This blog draws on findings and experiences from KIX’s applied research projects and the Africa 19 Regional Hub – explore all KIX hubs here.
There are hopeful signs that the education access gap between boys and girls in African countries is closing. An overview of gender equity and inclusive education policies and practices in 18 African countries shows that continued policy efforts are strengthening gender equality and disability and special needs education.
A review of historical data on participation in education shows a steady increase in gender parity -- growing from 21% in 2005 to 48% in 2021. More recently, reports from knowledge sharing and capacity building events across the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (GPE KIX) network show that addressing gender equality in education is a priority for ministries of education in GPE member countries.
However, trends across regional, national, and subnational levels also show that girls are less likely to complete primary and secondary school. GPE KIX marks this year’s International Day of the African Child by reflecting on the progress to enhance enrollment in education and learning outcomes for pregnant girls in African countries.