Creating training and employment opportunities for girls in post-conflict situations – the FAWE-DANIDA project
The numerous challenges that exist to girls’ and women’s education are exacerbated by situations of conflict. Around one third of the world’s 72 million out-of-school children live in just 20 conflict-affected countries1. The majority of these children are girls and live in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the conflict-affected countries with available data, the worst 10 are in sub-Saharan Africa, Somalia being the most seriously affected with 89 percent of girls out of school.
Recognising the particular challenges to education and empowerment initiatives posed by conflict, FAWE has partnered with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) on a project targeting the economic empowerment of girls and young women in post-conflict contexts. Introduced in Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone in December 2009 and in Guinea, Senegal and Somalia in January 2011, the project aims to provide out-of-school girls and young women with technical, vocational and entrepreneurship skills training in order to increase their prospects for employment.
1 UNESCO (2011). EFA Global Monitoring Report: The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education. Paris:UNESCO.