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  1. School-related gender-based violence is preventing the achievement of quality education for all

    This policy paper argues that school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is a global concern preventing children, especially girls, exercising their right to a safe, inclusive and quality education. The paper calls for a systematic and harmonized approach to identify, monitor and understand SRGBV, as well as strong policy interventions to develop targeted solutions to address the problem effectively.

  2. Making the grade. A model national policy for the prevention, management and elimination of violence against girls in school

    This model is designed to help SADC governments develop an integrated single comprehensive policy on violence against girls. It can be adapted to suit the local context because there is never a ‘one size fits all’ policy. Civil society groups and movements can use it as an advocacy tool in their negotiations with governments.

  3. Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people

    Recent changes in the law mean that we have a responsibility to support all young people - including those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. This guide covers how adults can indicate to young people that they will be supportive of any young person who is lesbian, gay or bisexual, and how to respond if a young person comes out and how to support them once they have come out. It also provides top ten tips and features good practice examples from Stonewall Education Champions.

  4. Different families: the experiences of children with lesbian and gay parents

    This research provides pioneering understanding of the current experience of the children of lesbian and gay parents. Many come from families which look remarkably like everyone else's. However, their lived experience is often similar to that of so many black or Asian or Jewish children. It's the prejudices of others that cause them far more distress than their own personal or family characteristics. Having interviewed children as young as four, this study also provides groundbreaking insights into the existence of homophobia in Britain's schools, including primary schools. …

  5. Tackling homophobia in schools

    Bullying causes permanent damage to young people and blights the schools and colleges where it takes place. One of the most invisible forms is homophobic bullying. But it's not just a gay issue. Homophobia affects all pupils and students - lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight. Anti-bullying campaigns need to understand and address this. Making all young people - regardless of their sexuality - feel included and valued is a major opportunity for our educational system to transform the lives of a significant number of pupils and students. …

  6. Celebrating difference: challenging homophobia in primary schools

    All children need to be prepared for life in 21st century Britain. All primary schools want children to learn and play in an environment where they can be themselves and can talk honestly about their families. Primary school teachers say that children can experience homophobic bullying and may use homophobic language in their schools. This document provides ten recommendations for primary schools on challenging homophobia.

  7. Teachers and HIV and AIDS: reviewing achievements, identifying challenges. Web Forum report

    Teachers have an instrumental role to play in the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) goals, which aim to meet the learning needs of every child, youth and adult by 2015. Without teachers, the endeavour to provide EFA cannot be achieved. Teachers also have a critical role to play in school-based HIV prevention efforts. …

  8. Education is empowerment: promoting goals in population, reproductive health and gender

    This meeting report is based on a Fund-wide consultation to review UNFPA's three-decade long experience in population education (PopEd). The report highlights issues and recommendations for addressing and strengthening education interventions within the context of programme and funding priorities, and offers an opportunity to review lessons of the past and chart some of the ways forward. …

  9. Promoting gender equality in education. Gender in Education Network in Asia-Pacific (GENIA) Toolkit

    The GENIA Toolkit is a collection of resources for use by gender focal points and education planners and implementers to promote gender equality and mainstream gender in the education system. This fourth revised version of the toolkit (originally designed in 2003 when the Gender in Education Network in Asia (GENIA) was set up) is the output of the recent process of updating. …

  10. Learning to survive: how education for all would save millions of young people from HIV/AIDS

    Universal primary education (UPE) could save at least 7 million young people from contracting HIV over a decade. However, without dramatic increases in aid to education, Africa will not be able to get every child into school for another 150 years. This report sets out why UPE is crucial to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, and outlines what both rich and poor countries need to do now to enable millions of children to learn ... to survive.

  11. Excluded and invisible. The state of the world's children 2006

    This year, The State of theWorld's Children will focus on the millions of children for whom these pledges of a better world remain unfulfilled. The report assesses global efforts to realize the MDGs, the central development targets of the agenda, and demonstrates the marked impact that their achievement would have on children's lives and future generations. It also explains how, with the MDGs focused on national averages, children in marginalized communities risk missing out on essential services such as health care, education and protection. …

  12. Accelerating efforts to achieve universal basic education: a critical component of the global AIDS response

    In order to expand educational opportunities for girls and orphans and reduce their risk of contracting HIV infection, the Global AIDS Alliance recommends: Eliminate School-Related Fees. School-related fees prevent millions of children, particularly girls and orphans, from attending school; Mobilize Additional Resources to Achieve Universal Basic Education. Poor countries need assistance in order to scale up and improve educational systems, as well as to eliminate school fees; Reform Financing and Delivery Mechanisms. …

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