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AU/CIEFFA seeks to partner with PAP

African Union-International Centre for Girls and Women's education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) is seeking to partner Pan-African Parliament (PAP) as they want to achieve  gender friendly culture in the continent.

AU/CIEFFA is a specialised institution of the African Union since 2004, dealing with women and girls' education.

Its centre is located in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso.

They advocate for gender equality and sensitivity throughout the education and training while also accelerating gender parity and equity in the society.

During an AU/CIEFFA technical meeting held on the margins of the 2nd ordinary session of the 5th Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa, Dr Yankey-Outtara Simome, AU/CIEFFA senior policy officer, said partnering Pan-African Parliament will help them understand the different approaches legislators use in their respective countries to promote gender sensitive culture.

"The reason why we want to partner Pan-African Parliament is because we want to understand the mechanisms put in place by different countries towards realisation of a gender friendly culture."

To inculcate this culture Dr Yankey-Outtara believes the starting point should be the classroom.

"A gender friendly cultures entails  gender friendly classrooms, gender friendly materials and textbooks, gender friendly schools and facilities and gender friendly community.If these are not met we will have high drop out cases particularly among girls," she said.

In the same meeting Dr Rita Bissoonauth, AU/CIEFFA coordinator, said a lot needs to be done in schools as girls continue to face discrimination and abuse which threatens to undermine the potentially transformative power of the education they receive.

While giving a situational analysis of Africa she said millions of children particularly girls are denied the right to education and are unable to access the knowledge,skills and capabilities necessary to take an empowered and equal role in society.

Hence she suggested that African educational systems must be encouraging to both boys and girls.

" African educational systems must encourage both boys and girls in STEM subjects at all levels.'STEMitizing' curricula, learning content and teachers training is required," she said.

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