Malawi has finally produced a strategic education document that will guide interventions for increased girls’ enrolment and retention as well as creating a conducive environment for them to excel in their education.
The document known as National Girls’ Education Strategy (NGES), is set for launch alongside the National Girls’ Education Communication Strategy, next Tuesday, May 6, at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.
The NGES was commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to facilitate the pace at which Malawi may achieve the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3 on universal primary education and gender equality and empower of women.
A statement from the Ministry of Education says the document has been developed after a three year consultation between it and its partners in the education sector.
“The strategy serves to guide girls education programming, resource mobilization allocation, utilization, reporting and coordination and measurement of progress towards meeting the national and EFA goals as well as the MDGs,” says the statement.
It adds that the document outlines activities to be undertaken in five years in which the ministry will provide technical guidance to stakeholders to promote girls education in Malawi.
The strategy is also in line with the National Education Sector Plan (NESP), which adheres to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS 11).
The strategy also galvanizes actions from the civil society organisations, non-government organisations, frontline ministries and the academia in its implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
“The NGES has been designed to promote girls education by addressing barriers that prevent girls from accessing and participating in education as effectively as boys. It is therefore the hope of the ministry that all stakeholders will adopt the strategy and ensure that adequate funding, personnel and working modalities are in place to ensure effective realization of the NGES objectives,” reads the statement.
NGES development was made possible with financial and technical support from UNICEF, Save the Children, and facilitation from UN Women, Care Malawi, Action Aid and FAWEMA.