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Gash-Barka: Participation Of Female Students In Education Gaining Momentum

Endeavors to promote the participation of females in education in Gash-Barka region are bearing fruitful outcome, according to Ms. Nejat Ibrahim, head of basic education in the region.

Barentu, 24 November 2010 – Endeavors to promote the participation of females in education in Gash-Barka region are bearing fruitful outcome, according to Ms. Nejat Ibrahim, head of basic education in the region. 

She explained that a number of elementary and junior schools have been constructed in different parts of the region, thus encouraging females who were deprived of educational opportunity due to school remoteness  to attend classes.  The introduction of mobile educational service for people leading nomadic way of living is equally imperative, she added.

Urging female students to avail themselves of the existing educational opportunity through doing away with backward practices and rebuffing societal pressure, Ms. Nejat explained that wide-ranging activities are being carried out, in collaboration with partners, to this end.  As a result, female participation in the last academic year has increased by 51% in urban centers and 32% in semi-urban ones, while it showed a growth of 20% in the rural areas, she elaborated.

Ms. Nejat further noted that the number of female students in rural areas who are promoted from elementary to junior level is declining which calls for urgent action towards uprooting societal hurdles. 

There are more than 86,000 students, out of them 36,000 females, in Gash-Barka region.

 

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