APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
FAWE will work in consultation with various African researchers, research institutions and strategic partners in gender and education to define the research agendas. FAWE will establish new partnerships in order to widen the network of researchers dedicated to championing research on gender in education across sub-Saharan Africa. FAWE will coordinate and conduct various research studies on gender and education in Africa in collaboration with research partners. A full time Research Coordinator will be employed to oversee the overall coordination of research activities, and manage the platform and network of academic researchers.
This initiative will generate evidence to support FAWE's advocacy work geared towards promoting gender equality in education in Africa; contribute to the knowledge base on girls' and women's education in Africa; and provide mentoring opportunities to upcoming researchers, develop talents and nurture research skills in gender and education in Africa.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
FAWE Girls' Education Research Centre established at FAWE Regional Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, including Recruitment of Research Coordinator, Research Fellows, office set-up, etc. Year 1.
African research network on gender in education established in year 1 and maintained years 2 through 5.
20 research studies on gender in education conducted in total. Years 1 through 4.
FAWE research series published based on research findings and disseminated through websites, seminars, conferences, workshops and partner institutions. Years 2 through 5.
Biennale research conferences conducted. Years 2 and 4.
Gender in education network activities coordinated, including coordinating the network of African researchers, provide and/or facilitating research grants to research institutions/individual academics, overall administration, etc. Years 1 through 5.<br /><br />
Over the last two decades, academic researchers, international bodies and educationalists have documented research findings that have informed governments' policy decisions in favor of girls. Despite this growth in knowledge on the importance of women and girls' education in Africa, many sub-Saharan governments continue to struggle with the practical challenges of adopting gender-equal approaches to promoting girls' and women's education for economic development. The link between academic researchers and policy-makers as well the use of such knowledge in policy-making processes needs strengthening. FAWE's research centre will work towards strengthening this link.
FAWE's mandate is not to embark on large-scale activities but rather to demonstrate what works in girls' education through targeted demonstrative interventions from which best practices emerge and can be incorporated into national education policies. Funding for these interventions remains scarce for FAWE. Additional funding would enable FAWE to take the following programs to a higher level: disbursment of bursaries to disadvantaged girls,
improvement of Science, Mathematics and Technology program for girls, replication of Youth Empowerment through TUSEME ( Let us Speak Out), advocacy for gender-responsive pedagogy (GRP), continued set up of Centres of Excellence that would contribute to an improved physical school environment, continuation of HIV/AIDS prevention, support guidance and counseling in schools (including peer counseling),improvement of Mothers' clubs, promotion of sexual maturation management, interventions for girls from conflict and post-conflict areas through technical vocation education, and addressing the female teacher shortage through accelerated training programs for selected beneficiaries of FAWE's bursaries.