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Education Transformer, Ispita, illustrated Transform Education’s vision to transform education for gender equality.

24th January 2021 marks the third annual International Education Day. This year’s theme is “Recover and Revitalize Education for the Covid-19 Generation”.

This #EducationDay Transform Education, a youth led coalition hosted by UNGEI, is celebrating the ways in which Education Transformers (aka youth led networks) are working to recover & revitalize education post Covid-19.

Here are a few ways you can join this mission:

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By Feyi Rodway, FHI360

For education to realize its gender-transformative potential, boys and girls must have equal access to, and benefit equally from, education. To achieve this goal, we need education systems that are gender-responsive by design. The Gender-Responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP) programme aims to do just that. …


By Gloria Diamond and Natasha Harris-Harb

Continuing UNGEI’s 2020 tradition of intergenerational dialogue and activism in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, we held a Real Talk event on “Tackling the Shadow Pandemic” in December last year. This event is part of our #InSolidarityWithGirls advocacy campaign to put issues of gender and education at the forefront of COVID-19 response and recovery. But before we tell you more about this event, what is a Real Talk? We turn to our inspirational moderator and friend Fatou Wurie to explain:

In this video clip from the Real Talk event on “Tackling the Shadow Pandemic” held in December 2020, feminist ally Fatou Wurie captures the spirit and essence of the ‘Real Talk’ conversations hosted by UNGEI. …

By Feyi Rodway, FHI360

While talk of “getting the consistency right” and “velvet triangles”¹ may make us think of science experiments or complex recipes, these terms can in fact help us understand the power of institutions and networks to bring about change. Initial findings from an independent review of the UNGEI-led capacity development programme for Gender- Responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP) illustrate just how important it is to build networks that include the right ingredients for the structural and transformative change required to advance gender equality in and through education. As the independent review shows, networks of feminist activists working alongside gender-sensitive politicians and civil servants have been shown to promote gender equality outcomes in government policy and practice. …


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By Kelsie and Sophie, Chalk Back

Chalk Back is a collective of young activists around the world raising awareness about gender-based harassment and violence. We receive anonymous testimonials via Instagram direct message, chalk the stories on the streets of our cities, and then post the images on Instagram. Through our messages, we have seen how students around the world are profoundly impacted by gender-based harassment and violence. They encounter gender-based violence in schools, either by peers or teachers, school staff such as security guards, janitors, or gender-based street harassment on their way to school.

Youth activism is a method to highlight and amplify these first-hand experiences and empower students to speak up about what has happened to them. Using hands-on activism, Chalk Back calls for everyone to pay close attention to what is happening in schools around the world. We need school leaders, teachers and education support staff to listen and read these stories so we can change the reality of gender-based violence in schools. …


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Photo credit: FAWE Zimbabwe

By Lydia Madyirapanze, National Coordinator, FAWE Zimbabwe

For a long time, Africa’s education systems reflected the accepted gender roles in societies. This has carved a standardized socialization of how girls and boys, men and women should behave and approach situations. In typical African society, males are socialized to be powerful and domineering, as compared to females. This socialization of gender roles is further reinforced in schools, through language, teaching methodologies, learning materials and roles assigned to girls and boys in the classroom. …


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By madeleine kennedy-macfoy, Education International and Rex Fyles, Gender at Work

Gender-based violence in and around schools poses big challenges to education unions and its members. Because everyone in and around schools — teachers, students, education support personnel — can be both perpetrator and victim of such violence, school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is a violation of both the right to quality education, and the right to decent working conditions. …


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Marie types braille notes while listening to the national education programme on radio. (Photo Credit: Idrissa Kanjay, Sightsavers)

By Eric Musa, Inclusive Education Project Officer, Sightsavers Sierra Leone

In March 2020, Sierra Leone overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, after the ECOWAS Regional Human Rights Court ruled it to be “discriminatory and a violation of girls’ basic human rights”. This was crucial progress towards more gender-equal and inclusive education in Sierra Leone, and the first step in a broader “radical inclusion” policy led by the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Dr. David Sengeh. …


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By Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls

Every child deserves to be safe at home, in their communities, and at school. However, findings from the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) show that across the globe, children and youth experience unacceptably high rates of physical, sexual, and psychological violence, including in school settings and often driven by harmful gender norms and stereotypes. Experiences of violence have wide-ranging consequences for children’s physical, social, and emotional well-being, school performance and attendance, and likelihood of experiencing or perpetrating future violence.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. While the data is daunting, proven solutions to prevent school-related violence exist. Investing in schools and teachers, who are uniquely placed to guide students and lead critical social change to prevent violence, is key to unlocking these solutions. …


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By Professor Helen Cahill and Katherine Romei
Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

As education systems around the world prepare to reopen following nationwide measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools must be prepared to tackle gender-based violence in and around schools, and provide support for learners who have experienced violence in the context of school closures. Research shows that when schools deliver school-wide, evidence-based violence prevention programmes, students are less likely to hold violence-supportive attitudes and report lower rates of both perpetrating or being victims of violence [1]. …

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