Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya

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Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya
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Street address: FAWE House, Chania Avenue, Off Wood Avenue, Kilimani

PO Box 21394-00505 Ngong Road

State or Province: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
Location:
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Location coordinates: 1° 17' 55" S, 36° 46' 35" E
Executive Director: Codou Diaw
Contact number: 254 20 387 3131
Contact email: fawe@fawe.org
Website: http://www.fawe.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/FAWE-edu/102378429818758?
Target: Girls and Women
Organization type: International NGO (operating in multiple countries)
Sectors: Education, Empowerment, Leadership
Year founded/registered: 1992

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Summary

FAWE's mission is to promote gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.

About

FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.

They believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.

They work hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organisations and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes.

They encourage their partners to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.

Their work influences government policy, builds public awareness, demonstrates best educational practice through effective models, and encourages the adoption of these models by governments and institutions of education.

This has led to increased rates of girls’ enrolment, retention and completion of school in countries in which our National Chapters operate.

Through FAWE's work, girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa have the chance to attend school and overcome material deprivation and social and political exclusion.

FAWE's mission is to promote gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.

Activities

FAWE’s work is to encourage governments, international organisations and local communities to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.

FAWE's work has improved the academic and social development of both girls and boys in their countries of operation. Through their advocacy work and their various programmes, they have worked towards achieving gender equality and equity in education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Due to the complexity of gender constraints to female education, efforts to advance girls' education cannot be undertaken in isolation. There is need for sustained advocacy at the global, regional, national and community levels.

Over the years, FAWE has built awareness and consensus on the social and economic advantages of girls' education through their advocacy work. Their advocacy activities include:

  • Influencing the integration of gender into national education policies and plans
  • Sensitising parents and communities on the importance of girls' education.
  • Reinforcing the girls’ education campaign through strategic partnerships with education stakeholders.
  • Contributing to global debates and advocacy campaigns on education and gender.
Outcomes

Following are some of the outcomes of their efforts:

  • Centres of Excellence were initiated in 1999 and have led to increased rates of girls’ enrolment, performance, retention, completion of school.
    • FAWE’s COEs have also experienced greater participation by girls in classroom processes, more girls in school committees and leadership roles, reduction in teenage pregnancies and higher gender awareness among boys in mixed COEs.
    • Over 6,500 girls and boys have benefited from FAWE’s COEs since 1999.
  • The Tuseme youth empowerment model was introduced in 1996 and has led to an improvement in girls’ self-esteem and in their leadership, social and life skills, teachers’ positive attitudinal change towards girls and significant reduction in sexual harassment. It has enabled boys to de-link from gender discriminatory attitudes and practices.
    • Over 80,000 girls and boys have benefited from FAWE’s Tuseme model since 1996.
  • Gender-Responsive Pedagogy (GRP) was initiated in 2005 and has led to an improvement in girls’ retention and performance, greater participation of girls’ in the classroom and improved gender relations within schools. It has enabled teachers to develop teaching practices that engender equal treatment and participation of girls and boys in the classroom and in the wider school community.
    • Over 6,600 teachers have benefited from FAWE’s GRP training since 2005.
  • The Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) model was initiated in 2005 and has achieved higher rates of girls’ participation in SMT subjects, improved test scores for girls, improved teachers’ attitudes towards girls’ abilities and participation in SMT, improved instructional materials for SMT subjects, girls’ positive attitudinal change to SMT, greater confidence for girls in tackling academic challenges, enhancement of girls’ chances for career progression.
    • Over 15,000 students have benefited from FAWE’s SMT programme since 1995.
  • FAWE's bursaries programme was initiated in 2003 and extends financial support to girls and boys from underprivileged backgrounds. These bursaries enable bright students from poor backgrounds to enrol in school, stay on to complete the school cycle at primary or secondary level, and perform well in national examinations.
    • Over 46,000 girls and boys have benefited from FAWE’s bursary programme since 2003.

Needs

You can read about how to support FAWE here.


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