The Educate HER Liberia team has embarked on a Country Tour conducting Girls’ Education Summits in all 15 counties here.
The goal of the Girls Education Summit is to provide a platform for women, girls, and community leaders to engage local decision-makers and partners to build strong partnerships for joint actions for girls’ education throughout Liberia.
A key focus of the work is to enhance strategic partnerships among line ministries, and civil society organizations and citizens for increased awareness, coordination and monitoring, capacity, and commitment on policies supporting girls’ education.
During the summit, school administrators, education officers, traditional, religious, women and girl leaders meet to discuss the key issues and barriers to promoting and ensuring girls’ education in their communities. Coming out of the discussions, County Action Plans for Girls Education, which outline joint actions to promote girls’ education at the county level will be validated. These action plans will roll out at the county level and quarterly meetings will be held to discuss progress made, challenges and gaps identified, recommendations and next steps.
These action plans will also be distributed to the national legislatures, relevant line ministries, donors, civil society organizations and other key education stakeholders to engender their strategic support and commitment to girls’ education. Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements, and media institutions will also be targeted.
Educate HER strives to build strategic partnerships with the Government of Liberia, and civil society organizations for the effective implementation of National Policy on Girls Education.
“We believe that if we can strengthen civil society roles and citizen participation to cause both donors and the Government of Liberia to increase investment in girls’ education; and if we increase monitoring, capacity, and coordination among education stakeholders, then girls will have significantly increased access to safe, quality education in Liberia,” the Educate Her project team said.
Educate HER is a national coalition focused on ensuring the effective implementation of the National Policy on Girls Education, with specific focus on areas of the policy that addresses key barriers to girls’ attendance, retention, retention, and completion (GARC). This coalition is led by three women-led, women-rights organizations, (Helping Our People Excel (HOPE), CareFound Liberia and the Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI).
“Educate HER”: “Promoting Gender Equity and Equality in Education is a 3-year project supported by Oxfam-IBIS and Global Partners for Education through the Education Out Loud grant.