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FAWCO Target Program 2016 - 2019: 

Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills

In our Blog: Let's Get Schooled​ we will explore why education matters; we will examine the barriers, one by one, which impede women and girls from accessing quality education and completing their studies; we will become familiar with the strategies to address these issues; and we will discover who the leaders in world education are.

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Interventions for Girls' Education - Part 1: Make School Affordable

Interventions for Girls' Education - Part 1: Make School Affordable
"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." - John Adams, U.S. President, 1785

In a previous article, The Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Girls' Education, I introduced you to Gene Sperling’s and Rebecca Winthrop’s book What Works in Girls Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment (click on the title to download a free…

My Colombian Summer

My Colombian Summer

By Maryam Khoshoei, AIWC Cologne, FAWCO Youth

Maryam participated the 3rd FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program traveling to Mumbai, India in the summer of August 2015. Today, Maryam is 20 years old and studying Gender and Diversity at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Cleves.


Living abroad has been a life changing experience for me. I was born in the UK and raised in Germany. My mother is Colombian and my father Iranian. Growing up with four different cultures and languages, including two religions (Catholicism and Islam) has impacted my daily life. Being raised in a multicultural and multilingual…

Education and Violent Conflict

Education and Violent Conflict

The 2016 theme for the Rutgers 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!"

Each year the FAWCO Human Rights Task Force asks members to participate in the campaign from November 25 - December 10. Given the connection to education, we have asked Therese Hartwell, Chair of the Human Rights Task Force to guest blog this month. Therese explores violence as a barrier to education, while illustrating that education is in fact the solution to violence. She highlights the refugee crisis which is a direct result of…

Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Girls' Education

Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Girls' Education
“Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives.  . . . An educated girl has a positive ripple effect on her health, family, community and society as a whole." - USAID

In this issue of Let’s Get Schooled I would like to explore why the above quote from USAID is true.

Today I would like to talk with you about Girls Education as the world’s best investment. To do this I will introduce you to an important book in the field: What Works in Girls Education: Evidence…

2016 Global Education Monitoring Report GEM-Report Primer: Part 1

2016 Global Education Monitoring Report GEM-Report Primer: Part 1

Last month the 2016 GEM-Report - Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all was published. It replaces the EFA Global Monitoring Report and has a newly defined mandate to report on the progress of education under the 2030 Agenda. This is the first of a 15 part series, which will report on the progress of SDG4 and will explore the complex relationship between education and the other facets of sustainable development.

On September 13th, Carol-Lyn McKelvey, Co-Chair of the Education Task Force and I attended the German launch of the report in Bonn, Germany. It was a wonderful opportunity…

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