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UNESCO Mobilizes Schools in West Africa Against Gender-Based Violence

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The members of the Steering Committee of the West African Schools Network met in Mali under UNESCO and ISESCO coverage from June 29 to July 1 2017 to discuss violence against women in schools.

The 4thmeeting of the Steering Committee of the network of schools in West Africa looked into the issues of violence, sexual harassment, blackmail, early marriage, all common problemsin West African schools.

Georges Diawara, coordinator of the network, recalled the recommendations made in Dakar two years ago. According to him, Mali had the heavy task of this biennial plan. He recalled the context of crisis that Mali has experienced with corollary of the destruction of schools, the absence of teachers in certain areas, losses, early marriages. He pointed out that UNESCO’s main lines of action are to bring educational institutions together, to raise peace in the minds of children. For him, the network is known as an effective tool for a sustainable goal – to create, test and disseminate newteaching and learning approaches.

HamadiDiarra, acting secretary-general of UNESCO in Mali, welcomed the innovative initiatives. According to him, a meeting of such a magnitude is not a priori won. He said that the meeting addresses an aspect of a phenomenon that concerns in more than one way the school authorities of Mali: violence in the academic and academic space. It therefore offers an opportunity to exchange experiences on the management of Associated Schools of UNESCO. According to MrDiarra, this meeting will give a new direction to the common organization, taking into account the progress made in the struggle and the reunion between the Secretaries-General of the National Commissions and the National Coordinators of the UNESCO Associated Schools. Of the impetus to the network of Associated Schools to adopt its working framework in relation to the Sustainable Development objectives which follow the logic of the post-2015 period.

Dr. Moumini Traoré, the secretary-general of the Minister of Education, reassured that his country, through the Malian National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO, has undertaken a series of tours in the regions, Circles and municipalities in order to boost the associate schools of the institution. For him, this has led to new accessions to schools and contacts with educational academies and educational centers.

Participants from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo attended the meeting.