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Fostering gender equality

Pupils in Chavakacheri, a town in northern Sri Lanka

Early discrimination has a negative influence on a person's entire educational career. One of the goals of Germany's education promotion programmes, therefore, is to avoid or eliminate inequality between the sexes.

Although a global trend towards gender equality is clearly evident, there are huge differences between individual countries and regions. According to the 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report, as few as 66 per cent of the countries that were assessed had achieved gender equality in primary schools by 2015. For lower secondary schools, the figure was 45 per cent and for upper secondary only 25 per cent.

What Germany is doing

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) seeks to ensure that girls and women have equal access to all areas and forms of education. It is important to take account of the special needs of girls – including a safe route to school, separate sanitary facilities and a greater proportion of female teachers in all areas of education – so that girls do not drop out of school prematurely.

Germany advises its partner countries on, among other things, legal and policy reforms that set gender equality in education on a sound legal footing. Germany provides support for devising and implementing gender strategies in the education sector and developing funding models to promote school attendance among girls. Ensuring schools have appropriate facilities for girls is one aspect of development cooperation, as is the training of female teachers and academics who can act as powerful role models. By involving the private sector, Germany is endeavouring to ensure that women are helped to make the transition from school to work and that their employment situation improves.


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