Gender in Primary and Secondary Education

A handbook for policymakers and other stakeholders

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Gender in Primary and Secondary Education has been written in the context of rapidly expanding education systems worldwide, and particularly the rising enrolment of girls in schools. The author argues that now the challenge of gender mainstreaming goes beyond building schools and ensuring access, to sustaining these gains to secure the future of education for girls. Thus gender mainstreaming in education needs to address the more strategic questions of the relationship between education and wider development and change, and of the relationships between men and women in a rapidly changing world.

The handbook is divided into six chapters, examining key policy and ideological gender mainstreaming issues within education systems and identifying the scope for greater gender mainstreaming.

Essential reading for civil servants involved in education sector management, policy planners, education policy analysts and professionals, civil society organisers, and academics.



Supplyside Constraints on Girls' Schooling

Education systems perform several key roles in a child’s life. Schools provide a central learning and socialisation experience; they are also an important counterpart to the family. They must therefore work alongside the families of their pupils to help build the capacities and skills of all learners, however different they may be from each other. This approach to educa - tion does not work in mass school systems which are under great pressure to show results that conform to national and regional standards. However, for all children and their parents, the experience of schooling is a critical determinant of their future. Where schools fail to inspire confidence in learners, especially first-generation learners, an important oppor tunity is lost.


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