Gender Equity through EducationRATIONALE
The Gender Equity through Education (GEE) Program is a 5 year activity (2007-2012) that aims to contribute toward gender parity among students and teachers, as well as to facilitate gender equity in terms of student achievement, attitude and behavior well beyond their educational experience. GEE is active in all 10 states in Southern Sudan, as well as the transitional areas of Abyei and Nuba Mountains. The GEE Program is implemented through a central office in Juba, with field offices in Wau and Malakal.
Program Goal: Provide incentives that will encourage girls to complete secondary school and mentor women to enter the teaching profession.
Objective 1: Reduce financial & infrastructure barriers for girls & women to attend secondary school & teacher training
The GEE Program strengthens the education system through a three-pronged approach that addresses financial and infrastructure barriers, social and cultural barriers, and institutional barriers to gender parity and equity.
A Scholarship Program provides tuition supplements and a personal needs allowance for marginalized students at secondary schools and teacher training institutes.
An Advocacy, Community Mobilization and Mentoring Program. A Scholar Mentoring Program trains mentors to support scholars academic and psycho-social needs. GEE develops and distributes teaching and learning materials for secondary schools on the topics of girls mentoring, boys mentoring, gender equity and HIV/AIDS.
GEE also implements Institutional Support Strategies that improves the policy and governing environment for gender equity in education through direct technical assistance and training for the MoEST's Directorate for Gender Equity and Social Change at the central and state ministry levels through seconded Gender Advisors.
Program accomplishments after the third quarter of the program's fourth year include: