• How can we move beyond ensuring girls and boys have access to schools, to preventing and reducing school drop-out and providing quality education for all?
  • How can we ensure learning without fear? How do we create safe learning environments in schools?
  • How can we engage with all components of the educational system, from teaching and learning materials, to teachers, school leaders, infrastructure, parents and society at large?
  • How can we measure the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming in education?

These and many other questions will be addressed at Educaid.be’s fourth annual conference. The conference will focus on the concrete and practical aspects of mainstreaming gender in education, and stimulate discussion of concrete interventions, programmes, measures and experiences for improving gender equity in education.

The opening address will set the scene, with an overview of the current situation on gender and education. This will be followed by presentations on different sub-themes, such as school-related gender based violence (SRGBV), gender responsive pedagogy, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in schools (WASH), measuring gender in education, etc.

Educaid.be aims to enrich the discussion by bringing research and practical experiences from the world of education and development cooperation together – academics and researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from non-governmental organizations.




Maartje Houbrechts, Coordinator Educaid.be


Opening address

Alexander De Croo
Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation

Plenary session 1

Maki Hayashikawa
Gender and Education: An overview of the current situation
Maki Hayashikawa, Section Chief (ED/TLC/LTR) UNESCO
Alex Munive
Promoting Equality and Safety in Schools – Plan’s experience
Alex Munive, Global Girls Innovation Programme Manager Plan International

Coffee break


Plenary session 2

Martha Muhwezi
The FAWE Gender Responsive Pedagogy
Martha Muhwezi, Senior Programme Officer FAWE, Forum for African Women Educationalists
Joan DeJaeghere
Measuring Gender in Education
Joan DeJaeghere, Associate Professor Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, University of Minnesota



Afternoon Break-out sessions

Session A
Bethlehem Mengistu Betre
Wash in schools - A key determinant to ensuring girls' access to quality education
Bethlehem Mengistu Betre, Regional Advocay Manager East Africa WaterAid
Session B
Urvashi Sahni
The Girls Empowerment Programme of the Study Hall Educational Foundation in India (case study)
Urvashi Sahni, Chief Executive Study Hall Educational Foundation
Session C
Suwaibatou Bah
The Swallow: An integrated approach in a nursery and primary school in The Gambia (case study)
Suwaibatou Bah, Vice Principal The Swallow

Closing session

Elaine Unterhalter
Looking toward the future: gender, education and the post-2015 agenda
Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development Institute of Education, University of London