07.10.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Finding ways to boost number of female teachers in West Africa

How to prepare an action plan to ensure that more women go into the teaching profession?

This is the question that is currently been discussed among 20 participants working with teacher training and girls' education in Education Ministries in five West African countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and The Gambia).

They are gathered at UNESCO in Dakar, Senegal from 3-7 October 2011 in a workshop organized by UNESCO's International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa (IICBA).

Female teachers as role models

The link between women teachers and girls enrollment in school is a fact.

And it's especially visible in sub-Saharan Africa, where enrolment of girls continues to lack behind that of boys (54 % of the out-of-school children are girls). 

"One important school-related factor is the unavailability of a sufficient number of female teachers that serve girls as role models and mentors", concludes the concept note prepared for the workshop.

Hands-on approach

The workshop is using a hands-on approach. Participants are preparing action plans for their respective countries, using a new training module on gender mainstreaming in teacher policies, developed by IICBA.

The workshop coincides with the World Teachers' Day on 5 October, which this year focuses on "Teachers for Gender Equality".

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