Ghana: Gender mainstreaming in EdTech action plan developed

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The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in partnership with the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), recently conducted a focus group and workshop to address gender inequality in EdTech in Ghana. The initiative included the implementation of a gender scorecard and the creation of a step-by-step action plan for gender mainstreaming in digital education.

Ms. Mig Alphonso, COL Adviser on Gender Equality led the focus group with ten gender team staff members. CENDLOS organised the gender scorecard workshop which featured discussions on achieving gender equality in open and distance learning (ODL) through innovative strategies to attract and retain young women in education and training.

Participants underscored the importance of gender equality, noting the necessity of providing equal opportunities to all genders. One participant remarked, “The concept of gender equality is crucial in our society, and this workshop has highlighted the need for equal opportunities for everyone. Women can perform exceptionally well when given the same opportunities as men.” Another participant added, “It has helped me understand and change my perception about gender mainstreaming, sparking an eagerness to learn more.”

Regarding the workshop’s outcomes, Ms. Alphonso commented, “The final workshop to draft the gender strategy included 43 staff members from CENDLOS and key stakeholders, including many representatives from the Ministry of Education, such as TVET, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and Plan International. This workshop resulted in a gender action plan for CENDLOS, detailing steps for integrating gender considerations into policies, processes, and programmes.”

COL engages with national and local partners to build capacity in gender mainstreaming and promote gender equality by reducing gender gaps in education and training.  Gender mainstreaming remains one of the most practical approaches to addressing gender inequality. It involves integrating a gender perspective into planned actions, ensuring that the concerns and experiences of all genders are incorporated into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programmes so everyone benefits equally.

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