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28.12.2016 - Education Sector

Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education, a project planning meeting

UNESCO jointly with the Ministry of Education, UNFPA, UN Women and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), organised a project planning workshop on 21 December to empower adolescent girls and young women through the provision of comprehensive sexuality education and a safe learning environment.

60 participants representing the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Non-government organizations, development partners and other relevant stakeholders attended the workshop.

The UNESCO Representative to Nepal, Christian Manhart, in his welcome remarks, emphasized on the need for the active engagement in the shared goal of improving the situation for adolescent girls and young women in Nepal who are, despite of much progress, still facing obstacles to education.

Tap Raj Pant, Education Specialist of UNESCO, briefed the participants about the scope and objectives of the project. This was followed by the remarks from Giulia Vallese, UNFPA Representative to Nepal, Ms. Wenny Kusuma, UN Women Representative to Nepal and Hyungkyoo Kim, Country Director of KOICA Nepal Office. All the speakers showed their willingness to work together for adolescent girls and young women through the project.   

Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Education highlighted the importance of the project to address the issues of adolescent girls and young women. He recalled that the project is well aligned with the recently launched School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare also shared their ongoing efforts for the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.

Participants identified the prevalent issues of adolescent girls and young women and suggested activities under each of the outcomes of the project. The group work outcome will support the detail planning of project activities to be implemented for forthcoming year.

The project is being implemented within the framework of the UNESCO-UNFPA-UN Women Joint Programme for the Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education, which was launched in Kathmandu by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in April 2016.

With the generous support of KOICA, the project is expected to promote access to and quality of education for adolescent girls and young women, through the provision of Comprehensive Sexuality Education and a safe learning environment in Nepal. The project will target the five districts – Accham, Bajura, Rautahat, Sarlahi and Sunsari districts of Nepal where girls and women are socio-economically marginalized.




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