Evidence of Change: Girls Quality Access to Education

On September 9, The Girls Education in Development Working Group of GADN held a discussion on Evidence of Change: Girls Quality Access to Education at the UKFIET conference in Oxford. The event explored how girls’ quality education will remain central to the post-2015 debates, and the progress that has been made in programmes across the developing world.

Members of the working group presented their latest research at the event:

  • A team at the Institute of Education has investigated Interventions to enhance girls’
    education and gender equality, discovering that there is considerable knowledge on
    interventions to changes in policy, but much less on interventions to change attitudes.
  • Plan’s Girls’ Learning: Investigating the classroom practices that promote girls’ learning has shown a gender gap in favour of boys in national exam results in developing countries by analysing school-based factors that impact differently on girls’ learning and attainment.
  • VSO’s Gender equality in teaching and education management in Cameroon and Rwanda has identified deeply engrained attitudes to women’s roles and behaviours as significant barriers to women’s advancement in education. By promoting gender equality amongst teachers and managers can ensure positive role models that challenge these stereotypes.
  • The Africa Educational Trust’s School Mothers worked in 100 primary schools in South
    Sudan from 2008-2010, providing strong female role models and educating on issues such as early marriage and pregnancy. They have seen girls’ retention increase by 2% in all participating schools.
  • ActionAid’s Stop Violence Against Girls project has enabled girls the right to education in a violence-free environment in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique.
  • Save the Children’s, Addressing female teacher shortages project in South Sudan has seen a rise in the percentage of female teachers through their Women into Teaching (WiT) programme from 6% in 2005 to now 12%. By recruiting women in remote and poor areas and providing them with basic training, they have seen over 600 women complete their training and become teachers in community-led schools.

A list of resources from this research has been uploaded to the GADN website, and you can find out more about the working group’s activities here.

New members

GADN are delighted to welcome 5 new member organisations to the network who have joined over the summer:

  • Concern Worldwide
  • Girl Hub
  • One Woman a Year
  • Sense International
  • Trocaire

To find out more about GADN membership, please go to this section of our website.

Trustee recruitment

Nadja Dolata, Gender Advisor at Save the Children and GADN Trustee recently left the UK to take up a new position in Sweden. Nadja has been enormously helpful to the network for a number of years, including through her role as a Trustee, co-chair of the Gender Mainstreaming working group, and in taking forward our work on feminist alternatives to development. GADN would like to thank Nadja for her support and wishes her the best of luck for the future.


The GADN Board of Trustees now has a vacant position which will be advertised in the next few weeks. Please email Francesca if you would like to receive details (as recruitment may take place before the next monthly newsletter is due).