African activists root for gender responsive education


Pan-African campaigners on Thursday called for increased adoption of gender responsive education across the continent.

Terry Otieno, National Coordinator at the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)-Kenya, told Xinhua in Nairobi that most African states are yet to mainstream gender in their education policies, leading to higher drop-out rates for girls.

“We are urging African governments to ensure that they maintain gender responsive education systems in order to improve their overall literacy rates,” Otieno said.

Otieno said that a gender responsive policy will ensure that boys and girls have equal access to education.

“It will also end the practice of discrimination against pregnant and adolescent mothers by the education system,” she said.

Otieno added that tutors must be sensitized to avoid discriminating girls over boys because it lowers the morale for the girls.

National Coordinator said that the most appropriate education system treats boys and girls equally. She added that girls also require age appropriate reproductive health education to enable them to make the best life decisions.

Kenya launched its Gender in Education Policy in 2016 but most African countries are yet develop one. Otieno said the best way to empower girls and women is to offer them education.

According to FAWE, the African continent has one of the lowest literacy levels globally largely because girls can’t access education. Enditem

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