PROMOTING WOMEN’S ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN CAMEROON (WERC PROJECT)
January 28, 2022, 09:00 am (Cameroon time) at S.T Muna Foundation, Yaoundé
Education is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as all methods of human training, or processes of knowledge acquisition in specialized institutions. It is an indispensable human right for the economic and social progress of any country. However, in Cameroon, girls’ access to education leaves a lot to be desired. Indeed, they do not always have access to quality nursery education or the privilege of completing a full cycle of primary and/or secondary education. In 2017, the total number of girls enrolled in primary or secondary school as a percentage of the total enrolled population was 8 points lower than that of boys; an average of 89% of girls enrolled versus 97% of boys (World Bank, 2017). As a result, women’s labor force participation in adulthood remains low and the gender wage gap persists. In order to address this situation, the Cameroonian government, in its new National Development Strategy 2020-2030 (NDS30), plans to put in place a mechanism that would guarantee equal access to education and training for both girls and boys. With this in mind, the Nkafu Policy Institute, a Think tank at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation is organizing a panel discussion on the theme: “Enhancing Young Girls and Women’s Access to Education in Cameroon”.
The main objective of this event is to discuss priority actions that should be implemented by the government to promote an inclusive quality education system. Specifically, the discussion will:
- Assess barriers hindering access to education among young girls and women in Cameroon.
- Outline the opportunities for young girls and women to access Education in Cameroon.
- Highlight the consequences of girls’ and women’s under- or non-enrollment in schools on their economic empowerment.
- Propose solutions to improve access to education among young girls and women and to build an inclusive and quality education system in Cameroon.