By Sinikiwe Marodza
The African Union Centre For Girls and Women Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) 4th capacity building workshop is set to kick start today in Windhoek Namibia. The three day workshop, running under the theme “Scaling up girls education in Africa through gender intelligence” has youthful representation from across the continent. Through this workshop, AU/CIEFFA is targeting to strengthen the existing platform and network young people who can effectively influence the girls and women’s education agenda in 55 member states of the African Union. According to statistics from the AU/CIEFFA, over 133 million girls are reported to have been affected by schools closures hindering or stopping their learning process during the peak of the covid 19 pandemic in sub saharan Africa.“Covid 19 has disrupted our education system and widened the in equalities.
“All countries need to take urgent action and concerted action to ratify and domesticate laws that are gender sensitive educational policies allowing all girls including pregnant girls, young mothers and those coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to access schools, learn and complete education “ a press release from the AU/CIEFFA reads. Namibia’s deputy minister of ICT Emma Inamutila Theofelus as well the Executive director of the Namibian ministry of Education Arts and culture will officially open the workshop this morning.