Educating girls: transforming the future

Educating girls: transforming the future

Overcoming gender bias in schools

Paper assesses gender bias in schools, and asserts that the loss of potential is not for girls alone. The social and economic benefits of an educated female population have been documented in country after country. So have the positive effects that accrue for all students, boys as well as girls, when educational systems are free of gender bias.

UNICEF prioritises education policies to eliminate gender biases in its Global Girls’ Education Programme in more than 60 countries. It focuses on low-cost education, bias-free curricula and materials, alternative basic education programmes, flexible schedules, safe learning environments, and measurable indicators. UNICEF also stresses the importance of early childhood programmes, community involvement, and awareness raising for staff on gender issues and child rights.

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