Canada announces support to improve access to quality education for women and girls in fragile, conflict and crisis situations

From: Global Affairs Canada

News release

July 8th 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Dismantling Barriers and Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls in Fragile, Conflict and Crisis Situations call for proposals has led to the funding of the following initiatives:

  1. Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada - $11.1 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) to provide girls and women in fragile, remote and conflict-affected communities in Sudan, Myanmar and Niger with pathways for inclusive and equitable primary education and accelerated learning and livelihood training that will enable them to have more equal access to market-driven opportunities usually dominated by men. The project includes local, innovative and sustainable solutions that enable inclusive primary education, including identifying and training teachers living in targeted communities and having them provide community-based education in the local language, adapted to the local context, and securing community ownership and support. 
  2. Agriteam Canada - $12 million (2019/20 to 2023/24) to improve the demand, access and retention of mainly girls, but also of boys, in formal and non-formal education programs in conflict-affected communities in Mali. Strategies include interactive radio programming, digital innovation to reduce barriers to girls’ education, vocational training for girls who have no access to primary/basic education and remedial classes for girls with learning difficulties. 
  3. CARE Canada - $9.4 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) to strengthen the education ecosystem and the capacities of adolescent girls and young women (aged 12 to 22 years) in Zimbabwe. The project targets socio-economic barriers that prohibit girls’ sustained engagement in secondary education or training and their successful transition to adulthood. The project proposes to bring together the school community to define characteristics and systems that can build schools that are risk-aware, resilient, safe and innovative. 
  4. Cuso International - $12.9 million (2019/20 to 2023/24) to promote access to higher education for high school girls and to address a number of barriers that impede adolescent girls’ education in Ethiopia. The project will enhance academic, social and soft skills for adolescent girls, including those with disabilities, and strengthen the capacity of teachers and education institutions to deliver quality and gender-sensitive education. The initiative seeks to adopt a holistic and transformational approach to address barriers to girls’ higher education, including through community engagement. 
  5. Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation and Centre for International Studies and Cooperation - $13.9 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) to respond to the critical educational needs of refugee, displaced, returnee and disabled girls; adolescent girls; and women in the African Great Lakes region. The project promotes an intensive individual life course model for each girl of school age, which aims to design specific response plans, based on evidence and specific data, pertaining to the needs of each child. The project will improve the educational achievements of girls enrolled in 13 primary and secondary schools and will support girls and women with informal vocational training. 
  6. Right To Play - $6.6 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) for a gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive education program for refugee and returnee girls, including girls with disabilities, affected by the Burundian refugee crisis in Burundi and Tanzania. The project will work with a cross-border population and offer services for refugees and returnees on both sides, providing particular support to the transition from primary to secondary school. Among other innovative approaches, the project will develop and test a new model of conflict-sensitive, play-based and gender-responsive alternative learning. This model will support teenage girls, including adolescent mothers and girls with disabilities, to access alternative forms of education and re-enter the school system. 
  7. World University Service of Canada and Aga Khan Foundation Canada - $15.9 million (2019/20 to 2022/23) to empower adolescent girls and young women, aged 10 to 24 years, who are pursuing educational pathways in crisis-affected areas in Uganda, South Sudan and Syria. The project will reach marginalized girls and women who are refugees, internally displaced persons and the most vulnerable members of the host communities. The project will reduce social, cultural and economic barriers to accessing education, such as SGBV and lack of sexual reproductive health rights in crisis situations. This project will implement innovative interventions, including media campaigns, community outreach, girls’ and boys’ clubs, flexible response funds and girls’ mentorship programs.

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