Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE)
FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.
They believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.
They work hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organisations and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes.
They encourage their partners to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.
Their work influences government policy, builds public awareness, demonstrates best educational practice through effective models, and encourages the adoption of these models by governments and institutions of education.
This has led to increased rates of girls’ enrollment, retention and completion of school in countries in which their National Chapters operate.
Through their work, girls and women across sub-Saharan Africa have the chance to attend school and overcome material deprivation and social and political exclusion.
A world in which all African girls have access to education, perform well and complete their studies, and gender disparities in education are eliminated.
To promote gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.
FAWE was founded in 1992 by five African women ministers of education — the late Hon. Vida Yeboa of Ghana, Hon. Simone de Comarmond of Seychelles, Hon. Paulette Missambo of Gabon, Hon. Dr Fay Chung of Zimbabwe, and Hon. Alice Tiendrebéogo of Burkina Faso.
FAWE was born out of discussions between African ministers and donor agency representatives of the Donors to African Education (DAE). It was created on the staunch belief that women in decision-making positions have the potential to make a significant difference.
The creation of FAWE was formalized by a meeting held in September 1992 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy.
In her opening remarks, Hon. Dr Chung said, “We are here to search for practical, manageable interventions that will realistically help to ameliorate the present situation. We are not helpless as a group. We need to have a vision of where we want to go, realizing that each day, there is something positive we can do”.
The Bellagio meeting brought together nineteen senior African women policy-makers in education drawn together by a common concern — the poor status of female education in Africa.
In order for these ministers, vice-chancellors and prominent educationalists to make the difference they desired to make, a mechanism had to be put into place that would enable them to share views, exchange experiences, explore alternatives and pool their intellectual resources constantly. The formation of a network that would support members and their institutions, strengthening their capacity for influencing policy-making and policy-shaping, was clearly a priority.
FAWE was registered as a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1993.See more