Gender in Education

© Gender in education

One of the UNESCO’s main priorities closely intertwined with the Sustainable Development Goal 4 and 5, which are to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ and to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ UNESCO promotes gender equality and addresses gender disparities throughout the education system, in particular in education by providing equal access to it, within education by adjusting the content, context & practices, delivery modes and assessments and through education by ensuring equal life and work opportunities.

In that regard, the project called “Enhancing Girls’ and Women’s Right to Quality Education through Gender Sensitive Policy Making, Teacher Development and Pedagogy in South, Southeast and Central Asia” started at UNESCO initiative in 2015 under UNESCO-HNA partnership. The 5-year project consists of five key components, covering policy activities in the field of teacher education. Three components of that program are diagnosis of gender issues in teachers education, increasing the awareness on the gender issues among education policymakers and, lastly to promote gender mainstreaming within teacher education institutions.

As a result of this program the Regional Meeting on Promoting Gender Equality in Teacher Education in Asia-Pacific was organized in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 12 to 14 June 2019. The meeting hosted by UNESCO Office in Tashkent, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, with the support of the HNA Group (China) gathered participants from Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.

The main purpose of this regional meeting was to create a platform for project countries to learn from each other’s practices and experiences in their path towards mainstreaming gender equality in teacher education. Those 45 participators were education officials, teachers, teacher training specialists and UNESCO Office staff. They discussed the development of “Gender and Education” course in Teacher Education Institutions.

Within this project, UNESCO has developed teacher education module on Gender in Education in Uzbek, Russian and English languages.

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