Resources for Education Policy Makers

This guidance is aimed at all those involved in developing national education sector plans.

The aim of the guidance is to help developing country partners ensure that their sector plan is developed through a gender-inclusive process, founded on sound gender analysis of data and barriers, and includes targeted and costed strategies to address them.

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Global Partnerships for Education & United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI):  Guidance on developing gender responsive education sector plans

Internal Contact: Jane Davies,

Transforming the culture of teacher education institutions and making them Policy and Practices gender-sensitive entities is a daunting task. However, it is not an impossible task. Understanding gender and applying gender mainstreaming are critical foundations for fostering social cohesion that goes beyond teacher education institutions and the school. Teachers are increasingly expected to play crucial roles in preparing young people to face the future with confidence, purpose, responsibility and gender sensitivity. Teacher education institutions must be ready to provide the enabling environment and training and continuing education for the development of knowledge, values, skills and gender responsive practices that the teachers need in the 21st century.

This Guide, through its ten Modules, takes the reader through step by step on how gender can be mainstreamed in all areas of teacher education and training: from policy and planning, administration and management, gender-responsive budgeting, social services, the environment, curriculum, pedagogy, research, and to advocacy. Through this Guide, teacher educators are also reminded what teachers must know and be able to do in order to promote gender equality through education.

The Modules can be used individually or comprehensively depending on the situation and context of countries. This Guide is dedicated to all teacher educators, whose intellectual rigour and tireless efforts to foster enabling environments for inclusive and gender sensitive education, are indispensable for success in continuing education.

Internal Contact: Anne Muller,

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UNESCO: A Guide for Gender Equality in Teacher Education Policy and Practices (2015)

This is a working/background paper for 2013/2014 Education for All: Global Monitoring Report. It highlights the importance of quality education in development and why teachers must be equipped with the proper training and skills to address gender differences in the classroom and provide better learning environments for girls. Asserts that teacher training and other forms of professional development are imperative to create equal learning environments.

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United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI): Exploring Gendered Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (2013)

This guide advances global efforts toward greater gender equality and inclusiveness in education by providing guidance on how to develop and evaluate materials that are free of bias and that promote equality and inclusiveness of all marginalized, disadvantaged, and underrepresented groups.

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USAIDA Guide for Strengthening Gender Equality and Inclusiveness in Teaching and Learning Materials (2015)

Girls’ Club Start-Up Toolkit

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After introducing teachers and mentors to the girls’ club concept, this toolkit provides an activity planning framework to guide discussions and planning with club members.

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