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ERIC Number: ED537469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Building Bridges: Effective Post-Secondary Transitions for Girls in Developing Countries
Academy for Educational Development
Transitions between education cycles represent one of the greatest hazards for girls in their educational journey throughout the developing world. It is not uncommon across sub-Saharan Africa for girls' secondary enrollment rates to drop 75% from primary enrollment rates. Between the secondary level and the tertiary level, enrollment rates often go down more than 90%, with some developing countries recording female tertiary enrollment rates of 1-2% of the age-appropriate population. Challenges with quality and relevance often prevent effective transitions between education cycles, and school-to-work planning and support is not available for the vast majority of students in the developing world. Without effective post-secondary transition strategies, investments in both primary and secondary education will be called into question. To address these complex issues, AED (Academy for Educational Development) and Advancing Girls' Education (AGE) Africa recently hosted the public forum, "Building Bridges: Effective Post-Secondary Transitions for Girls in Developing Countries", held June 16th, 2010 at AED's Globe Theatre in Washington DC, followed by a workshop focused on post-secondary transitions for girls in developing countries. The goal of the workshop was to supplement the presentations presented at the public forum with a more in-depth dialogue about the complex and critical issue of post-secondary transitions. Workshop participants included a full range of experts working in this field including researchers, foundation representatives, policy advocates, and practitioners. In the two hour workshop; a number of core themes, concepts, questions and pathways for progress emerged. This booklet was created to share these ideas with a larger audience and to promote a continuation of the dialogue among stakeholders concerned with education in developing countries.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Bangladesh; Burundi; Cambodia; Ghana; Laos; Malawi; Mali; Niger