The ECOWAS education sector organized a virtual validation meeting of the draft final report of the feasibility study on gender equality in education in the ECOWAS region. The virtual expert meeting on gender equality in education from Member States and key sector partners took place on 30-31 August 2022. The main objective of the meeting is to validate the draft final report of the feasibility study.
Addressing the opening session, the Director of Education, Science and Culture (ESC) of ECOWAS, Prof. Abdoulaye MAGA warmly welcomed Experts from Member States and strategic partners and conveyed the best wishes of the new ECOWAS Leadership under the chairmanship of the President of the Commission, HE Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, who, since taking office, has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing development socio-economic of the region. He also conveyed the greetings of the Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Prof. Fatou Sow SARR who is in charge of education, science and culture.
The G. OPP Education and Training, ECOWAS Commission, Ms. Aisha USMAN presented the concept note which draws attention to the fact that obtaining quality education is the key to improving people’s lives and sustainable development, because education is the foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving gender equality.
Subsequently, the consultants, Prof. Aisha Abdul-Ismail and Dr. Marius Totin presented the draft final report of the feasibility study which details the analysis of gender equality in the ECOWAS region, the analysis matrix of mechanisms, strategies, policies, programs and activities. for the promotion of gender equality in education in ECOWAS Member States, prospects for gender equality in education in the region, obstacles to achieving gender equality in the education in the region; and Recommendations for raising awareness, advocacy, capacity building and support for girls and women in the region.
The meeting deliberated on practical ways, different mechanisms, strategies, policies, programs and activities that will promote gender equality in education in Member States. The meeting also made key recommendations for the successful implementation of the feasibility study report and the implementation of a communication plan to make girls’ education more visible, credible and supported by all. stakeholders.
The meeting ended with brief remarks and a vote of thanks from the Director of ESC, Prof. Abdoulaye MAGA. He expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their immense contribution to the success of the meeting. The Director further expressed his deep gratitude to partners for their continued support. He concluded by wishing all participants the best in their endeavours.
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