Girls and women often do not have the same access to education as boys and men. This makes it impossible for women to realize their full potential and assume positions of leadership, which in turn undermines the sustainable development of their countries. Founded in 1992 by five female Ministers of Education, FAWE is a pan-African network of advocacy organizations that seek to change this in sub-Saharan Africa. The network ́s vision is “a world in which all African girls have access to education, perform well and complete their studies, and gender disparities in education are eliminated”.
FAWE encourages governments and local communities to create learning environments that offer equal opportunities for boys and girls. FAWE ́s regional secretariat for East Africa is located in Kenya. For this project, the regional secretariat acts as coordinating partner. The other partners are the FAWE country chapters in Malawi, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. A total of 30 staff members have been exchanged between FAWE network members, each staying for a year abroad with a sister organization. So far, the exchanges have resulted in updated professional skills as well as organizational development. Concrete results include improved lobbying and advocacy tools (such as newsletters and social media) as well as resource mobilization.
Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Regional Secretariat