Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts
31 March 2021 | Online Conference
9.30 am – 12.15 pm BST | 13.00 pm – 15.45 pm AFT
To mark eight years of FCDO-funded Steps Toward Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES) programme, Aga Khan Foundation UK is hosting an online conference on 31 March 2021 on the topic of ‘Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts’.
In 2013, a coalition of charities and foundations led by Aga Khan Foundation and funded by UK aid came together to establish STAGES. In Afghanistan, a country where 2.5 million girls are out of school, the goal was to support over 200,000 girls to get to school and stay in school for longer. All ages of girls were provided support from primary through to secondary and continuing education with many graduates going on to become teachers supporting the sustainability of this education programme.
The conference brings together donors, ministries, and civil society organisations with a series of plenary sessions to discuss key challenges and lessons learned from implementing the STAGES programme in Afghanistan as well as drawing on key experiences, insights and evidence from other girls’ education programmes in fragile contexts. Additionally, it will explore future education pathways in Afghanistan and other fragile contexts that build on the gains made over the past decade.
Join us for a promising high-level panel discussion and conversations with international experts and audiences from around the world.
Full conference agenda and speakers will be announced soon.
9.30 – 9.45am Welcome: Matt Reed, Director of Institutional Partnerships, Aga Khan Foundation and Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation (UK)
9.45 – 10.05am Keynote: GEC and the UK’s vision for girls’ education. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (TBD)
10.05 – 11.05am Panel Discussion: Seven years of innovative girls’ education in Afghanistan. Successes and Learnings from the STAGES project. Experts from AKF (Afg), AKES, CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, and Save the Children. Facilitator: Sharon Tao, Director of Education, Girls Education Challenge.
11.05 – 11.15am Break
11.15 – 11.30am Keynote: Reflecting on Girls’ Education in Afghanistan. Rangina Hamidi, Acting Minister of Education, Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
11.30am – 12.00pm Q&A Session with Laura Brannelly, Education Adviser, FCDO Afghanistan in conversation with Ministry of Education, Afghanistan.
12:00 – 12:15pm Closing Remarks: TBD