What is a centre of Excellence?
FAWE’s Centre of Excellence (COE) is a school that is academically, socially and physically gender-responsive.
Through the implementation of arrange of targeted interventions ordinary schools are transformed into gender-responsive school that enhance access, retention and performance by offering quality education in a favourable learning environment.
Interventions include the Tuseme Youth Empowerment Model; Gender-Responsive Pedagogy training; Science, Mathematics and Technology programme for girls; and bursaries for underprivileged students.
Many girls drop out of school or suffer poor academic performance because of unfavourable learning environments.
Our experience shows that, by contrast, girls excel academically and are better equipped to overcome life challenges when they have teachers who are trained to meet their needs, learning materials that portray them in positive and equitable ways, a school environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning and a community of adults who support them.
Impact of FAWE’s COEs
- Improved academic performance and achievement for girls
- Greater participation by girls in classroom processes
- Higher retention rates
- Reduction in teenage pregnancy
- More girls in school communities and leadership roles
- Higher gender awareness among boys in mixed COEs
Over 6,500 students have benefitted from our COEs since they were established in 1999.