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Bridging the Gender Equality Gap in Education

Session blurb

Girls from rural households living in poverty spend an average of five years or less in school in 15 out of 21 Common- wealth countries. In Pakistan and Nigeria, girls living in poverty spend an average of just one year in school, and in India, Mozambique, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone just two years, compared to an average of 9-12 years that wealthy urban boys in those countries spend in school. Increased political leadership to include gender empowerment in education policy, grassroots leadership increasing awareness about the value of girl’s education, and use of data to inform policy change have been suggested as potential solutions that work, and these issues require the perspective of a younger demographic that is more relevant to them. To allow such an inter-generational approach to the problem, this interactive session comprises multiple small-group discussions that aim to tackle specific aspects of inequality in education. Several senior policy figures will identify a pressing education inequality-related problem they face, and will brainstorm solutions, supported by technical experts from Oxford University.


Hedwig Osvath

Junior Adviser in the Education Sector Programme of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Dr Clementina Acedo

Director at the Webster University of Geneva.

Dr Alvin Yeung

Dr Alving Yeung is a UNICEF consultant in Tajikistan.

Olga Mun

PhD student at the University of Oxford's Department of Education.

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