The report also emphasizes that there is much more to be done, and sets out three main priorities for further action. These overarching considerations are ‘visible political leadership’, ‘investing in early years’ education’ and ‘making girls’ education a national development priority’. Currently, the poorest girls in many Commonwealth countries spend no more than five years in school, and though gender parity in enrolment has improved, gender equality remains “a distant reality.”
Led by our unique alumnae association, CAMA, CAMFED’s programs across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa are working from community grassroots to national levels to reduce inequalities. Volunteering their time as Learner Guides, thousands of CAMA members mentor girls, helping to drive up academic achievements and equip them with life skills. They provide a safety net during puberty, by passing on information about sexual and reproductive health and offering a female presence in an often male-dominated environment.
CAMA members are becoming political leaders, philanthropists and teachers at secondary, primary and pre-primary levels, ensuring their once marginalized communities are not forgotten in the campaign for quality, inclusive education.
Read the full Education World Forum report: 12 Years of Quality Education for All Girls: A Commonwealth Perspective
Read Professor Pauline Rose’s article for the Cambridge Alumni Magazine: How effective is your donation? Research can help find the answers
Find out more about the REAL Centre’s policy paper, using CAMFED data, on cost-effectiveness with equity