FAWE Declaration Regarding the Post-2015 Consultation Process and Girls’ Education Agenda

We, as actors engaged to promote girl’s education in Africa, gathered together through the FAWE’s 9th General Assembly held from August 13th to 15th 2014 at Boma Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, and driven by our commitment to create a world in which all African girls have equitable access to education, perform well and complete their studies by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education, welcome  the efforts made through multiple national, regional and global consultations held on education post-2015.

 

  • FAWE recognizes and pledges to support the Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 Development Agenda, which states, “MINDFUL that education is the foundation for development and of the need to strive to achieve excellence in education and boost human-resource capacities through improvements in the quality of learning and investments in education infrastructure.
  • FAWE further endorses the recommendation of the Global EFA Meeting (Paris, November 2012) and the declaration of the civil-society  forum prior to the sixth ordinary conference of  Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF VI, Yaoundé, April 2014),

Cognizant that policy transformation is based on the implementation of effective gender-responsive education policies,

Convinced that most of African countries will unlikely achieve the EFA and MDGs goals by 2015,  

  • FAWE advocates, therefore, for a single, clearly-defined, global education agenda, which should serve as an integral part of the broader international development framework. In the proposed development global agenda, girls’ education issues must remain a priority.

 As FAWE network members, we commit ourselves to:

  • Promote girls’ and women’s education  in Africa,
  • Renew our engagement to increase advocacy for girl's education and holding African governments accountable for meeting their obligations in the post-2015 consultative processes,
  • Continue the engagement and dialogue with the African Union and respective ministries of education to advance the development of the post-2015 education agenda and promote the leadership of youth through an intergenerational interaction and support the declaration of the alumni during the 9th FAWE General Assembly,
  • Support and contribute to the end of term evaluation of the African Union plan of action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa and the subsequent development of the new 10-year African Union strategy for education within the overall framework of the African agenda 2063,
  • Foster the active engagement of girls (youth) and their families so that their voices are heard during the national EFA reviews and defining the agenda for post-2015,
  • Engage with  national civil-society organization (CSO)  forums in preparation for the 2015 World Education Forum, and
  • Sustain the momentum of contributions towards the consolidation of the post-2015 education agenda and Framework for Action, with a prioritized focus on national EFA reviews, CSO consultation processes, and the UNESCO-led African regional conference.

FAWE invites the ministries of education in Africa to redouble their efforts to:

  • Increase literacy and numeracy levels for boys, girls, youth and adults,
  • Achieve universal basic education by 2030,
  • Increase enrolment and retention of girls at all levels of education especially of children marginalized due to disabilities, language, ethnicity, conflict, gender, emergencies, poverty, location, and other exclusionary factors,
  • Ensure that gender parity is achieved in terms of net enrolment in early child education, primary, secondary, higher education, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as youth and adult literacy centers,
  • Facilitate the introduction of gender training as a comprehensive and integral part of teacher training curricula and performance review,
  • Within Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), mentor female science teachers as models/champions to encourage girls to increasingly enroll in mathematics  and science courses,
  • Promote TVET institutions engendering  the curriculum and including  female friendly courses, and, employable skills for the youth, constructing TVET institutions, constructing/modifying dormitories and facilities for females in TVET institutions, developing a targeted campaign and strategy to encourage more girls to enroll in and attend technical courses,
  • Ensure that all countries implement free and compulsory quality basic education of a minimum of 10 years by 2020,
    • Increase recruitment of female teachers acting as role models for girls at all levels of education,
    • Increase recruitment of specialist teachers providing care for children with disabilities,
    • Promote  child-friendly  facilities in schools, including sports facilities, leisure facilities, exchange visits between schools, sanitary facilities and materials,
    • Promote affirmative policies and practices to cater for and discriminated and marginalized boys and girls, particularly in post-primary education,
    • Establish learning environments that are safe, gender-responsive, inclusive and conducive to learning, which encompass mother tongue-based multilingual education,
    • Ensure that learners reach sufficient levels of knowledge, skills, and competencies according to national standards at each level,
    • Strengthen capacities for learners to be innovative and creative, and to assimilate change in their society and the workplace and strengthen the ways education contributes to peace, responsible citizenship, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, developing necessary skills as future leaders.

On the occasion of its 21st anniversary; FAWE resolutely recommits itself to its vision and mission and invites policy-makers and global leaders to provide urgent attention to quality lifelong learning for all, in particular, for girls and women.

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