Monday, 29 September 2008
A number of new commitments announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, US, in September 2008 are directly in line with FAWE’s newest areas of intervention as stated in its 2008-2012 Strategic Plan.
Notably, a $6 million CGI commitment by Humana People to People will be initiated in Mozambique in 2009 and will provide scholarships to train 2,000 women to become primary school teachers. The newly trained female teachers will serve in rural schools and communities where there is pronounced need for development.
The Government of Liberia made a $5 million CGI commitment to provide meaningful economic opportunities for adolescent girls and young women in post-conflict Liberia through skills training linked specifically to labour demand.
These commitments confirm and reinforce FAWE’s engagement in these areas.
One of FAWE’s new focus areas for the 2008-2012 period is addressing female teacher shortage in Africa through a trainee teacher programme targeting girls attending FAWE’s Centre of Excellence schools. The teacher training programmes will be designed in collaboration with training colleges that have adopted FAWE’s Gender-Responsive Pedagogy model.
Another of FAWE’s new interventions will focus on providing targeted technical and vocational training to out-of-school girls in conflict and post-conflict situations to enable them to set up innovative income-generating activities or find relevant employment within their communities. A comparative study commissioned by FAWE on gender and vocational training in Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone is in progress.
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