The important role of education to end gender inequalities and discrimination is largely recognized in the Sustainable Development Goals.
The COVID-19 pandemic and other environmental, social, and political crises whose gendered impact have been largely documented have heightened the challenge of making gender equality a reality in all life spheres — including education — by 2030.
At the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and in the framework of the Gender at the Center Initiative (GCI) , we are addressing this urgent need in Africa through diverse and complementary multi-country and country-specific activities.
Developing individual skills
The first English edition of the Short Course on Gender Responsive Educational Planning was completed last December with 51 participants (two thirds of them women) from 21 English-speaking African countries. Before them twenty-eight public education officers from 14 Francophone countries completed the French edition in January 2021.
These trainings are the first step on an effort to build capacity and create a continued space of collaboration and discussion. A bilingual edition targeting participants in Africa’s Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries will be offered in May–July 2022, and new editions in the three languages will take place from mid-2022 through 2023.
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