Insights by Helen West and Rachael Fitzpatrick, members of the EDT research team are credited in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s recent policy paper, ‘Addressing the climate, environment, and biodiversity crises in and through girls’ education’.
This strong piece places the climate emergency at the heart of decision-making relating to girls’ education, with a plea for the climate, environment and biodiversity crises to be considered throughout education programmes. It sets out the stark need for more funding and attention on the role of education in this area.
These EDT colleagues actively supported the development of this paper, producing the background papers for FCDO’s Wilton Park conference on the climate emergency and bringing their expertise to the conference with key players from global multilaterals and ministries of education. Along with other experts from across the climate and education sector, EDT reviewed early drafts of the policy paper and colleagues were invited by FCDO to attend its launch in London.
Speakers at the event included Selina Nkoile, Global Partnership for Education’s climate youth advocate, Dr Shireen Chaya, who is Director of Programs at Dubai Cares, and Dr Ehtasham Anwar, Secretary of Education for South Punjab.
FCDO’s thinking aligns closely with EDT’s own public research portfolio on climate change and education. Ongoing projects include:
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We were delighted to welcome the UK's Minister of State for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchell, to the Second National Symposium on Girls' Education, organised by our Building Learning Foundations (BLF) programme in Rwanda on 31st August 2023.
We were delighted to host the UK’s Special Envoy on Gender and Equality, Alicia Herbert OBE, as part of her visit to Rwanda to attend the Rwandan government-led Women Deliver summit. On the second day of her visit, Ms Herbert visited our Building Learning Foundations (BLF) Programme to observe a girls' club activity at GS Mburabuturo, a government school located in Kigali.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has given Building Learning Foundations (BLF) a rating of A+ in its 2023 review. It is the second time BLF has achieved this excellent rating since starting in 2017.
In recent years, huge strides have been made in girls’ education. In many countries, girls are now just as likely to attend primary school as boys. More girls than ever before are finishing primary school and transitioning to secondary education, and in many countries, female university graduates easily outnumber their male counterparts. So why do we still need to talk about girls’ education? In this article, we explore the systemic challenges which continue to prevent many girls from accessing and completing high-quality education, and the implications of these inequalities for millions of girls and their communities worldwide.