Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

Research on Gender Policy and Girls' Education

With funding from Comic Relief, Link undertook action research on girls’ education in Malawi. We are investigated existing gender-based education policy, the structures in place to disseminate and implement such policy, what data is being collected on gender at national and district levels, how this is being used, and the gender-specific barriers which currently impact on girls’ participation and engagement in education in Dedza.

The project aimed to provide a better understanding of the issues affecting girls’ engagement and participation in education to inform action by Link, the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), and other organisations working to improve girls’ education. We worked in partnership with the Dedza District Education Office, teachers, School Management Committees, Parent Teacher Associations, Mother Groups and Female Teacher Networks.

The research was conducted in conjunction with the SSIM programme which revolves around Link’s core work on School Performance Review (SPR). The findings have informed the development of gender specific tools to be integrated into SPR in order to accurately monitor girls’ experiences of schooling. These tools were refined in collaboration with national and district education officials and were piloted in 10 schools in Dedza in February 2013. The results from this pilot  informed individual School Improvement Plans and the overall District Education Plan for Dedza and the tools were reviewed and further refined before being rolled out in all 236 Dedza primary schools between 2013 and 2015.

The findings from the research completed to date have been shared with education officials at MoEST and helped to inform the National Girls’ Education Strategy.

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