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- Malala Fund for Girls’ Education (Pakistan, USD 10 million)
Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai’s home country, joined forces with UNESCO to protect and promote girls’ education in Pakistan and elsewhere. Aiming to build capacities in both formal and non-formal education, the programme provides gender-sensitive training for teachers and raises awareness in communities in order to improve access to safe and good quality learning environments for girls living in hard-to-reach areas.
- UNESCO/HNA partnership (HNA Group, USD 5 million)
Signed in February 2014, this is a five-year framework agreement (2014-2018) to fund girls’ and women’s education in Africa and South Asia. The aim is to expand access to and the quality of education, especially for adolescent girls that are hardest to reach, ensuring that they stay and complete education at all levels and that learning environments are safe and free from school-related gender-based violence.
- Girls’ and women’s education using ICTs in Senegal and Nigeria (Procter & Gamble, USD 3.15 million)
Launched in 2012, the project is working to reach 40,000 girls and women, aged 15-55 years, with basic literacy skills in a period of 2 years. During the 1st phase of the project, some 200 classes were opened in seven regions in Senegal with more than 4,000 girls and women enrolled, 2,300 girls and women followed distance courses through training and use of ICTs, while another 1,000 girls received additional academic support to help them stay in school. The project will soon be launched in Nigeria.
- Crowd-sourcing girls’ education in Ethiopia and Tanzania (Packard Foundation, USD 1.5 million)The project aims to decrease by 20% the school drop-out rate among girls in remote areas, especially during the vulnerable transition period from primary to secondary education and until the completion of secondary education (ages 12-19 years). In Ethiopia, more than 4,000 girls and other stakeholders received awareness training on sexual and reproductive health and more than 1,000 girls benefited from tutorial support. In Tanzania, activities included the creation of safe spaces for girls in 15 secondary schools, teacher training and the development of resource material for students and teachers.
- Partnership on teacher training and girls’ education (GEMS Foundation, USD 1 million)
The first project, ‘Girls’ education in mathematics, science and technology’ implemented in Kenya and Lesotho in 2012-2013, supported girls and women in science, mathematics and technology education. About 150 school principals, teachers and Ministry officials were trained on gender-sensitive modules and pedagogies, impacting some 5,000 students in both countries.
- Mobile phone literacy – empowering women and girls (USA, USD 347,000)
The outcome of the project will be a global report providing policy recommendations on the use of mobile devices for advancing women’s and girls’ literacy.