23.09.2011 -

Education for All Global Action Week 2011 – “Women and Girls’ Education”

As part of the Global Action Week (GAW) 2011 on Women and Girls’ Education, Global Campaign for Education (GCE) organized the National Dissemination workshop on Education For All by 2015 Reaching the marginalized group “Success on Story on women and girl education” in Kampot province on 20th of May 2011. It was supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, UNESCO and other partners, especially NGOs.

The primary aim of Global Action Week every year is to raise awareness of importance of achieving the EFA goals and the critical need to invest our time, energy, thought and funding in girl’s and women’s education. It seeks collective attention and actions of each individual to strive to equally support the realization of the full potential of all of our children; girls, and boys alike.  

The event invited representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, concerned provincial departments, community representatives, celebrities, development partners, NGO representatives to engage in a transparent dialogue about women and girls’ education. The key guest speakers of the event includes H.E. Nath Bunroeun, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Mrs. Anne Lemaistre, UNESCO Representative in Cambodia, Mr. Vorn Samphors, Country coordinator, Aide et Action and Mr. IM Samrithy, Executive Director of NGO Education Partnership.

This event has provided the practical platform for the participants to share their true stories about the importance of girl and women education and discuss about the approaches for gender responsiveness, including the challenges and barriers to girl’s education.

Beside this national highlight event, GCE has organized different forms of campaign activities across the country, including:

  • Storytelling activities and competition, focusing on women and girls’ education that take place in schools and other public spaces in various provinces of Cambodia. Cambodian people especially, women who have benefited from an education, are encouraged to tell their story explaining the difference education has made to their lives. Women and girls who have been denied the chance of an education also tell their stories and how these have shed light on their life.
  • Media campaign, GCE Cambodia leads an important Press Relations work on TV, radio, in newspapers and magazines. Journalists are invited to capture the voice of villagers in the most remote areas and share their concerns. Stories from women and girls are recorded and sent to the media. This activity helps to raise awareness about the importance of educating women and girls for the wider public and inform the main decision makers about the reality of some disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of 2011 Action Week led by the Global Campaign for Education on Women and Girls’ Education

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