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BRIDGE: Broadening Regional Initiative for Developing Girls' Education

Arab States; Yemen

General informationGraduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, Japan
Goal 2. Universal primary education; Goal 5. Gender
Educational systems and levels; Educational population; Educational policy; Educational institutions; Primary education; Girl education; Rural population; Access to education; Government educational bodies
Project description
BRIDGE Project aimed to improve girls' enrolment in basic education (grades 1-9) in Yemen through: 1) building capacity of schools and local educational authorities by providing school-level financing to implement pilot activities and organising seminars to develop a decentralised education model, developed in collaboration between local government, schools and the community and; 2) increasing the active participation of schools and community leaders in school governance, i.e. the development of the school-based model, and raising awareness of the importance of girls education. Six counties within the Taiz Governorate, which has the largest population, have been selected with pilot schools located in rural and disadvantaged areas.
To ensure a smooth transition in the process of educational decentralisation, University of Kobe conducted an in-depth analysis to determine the institutional mechanisms involved at both the school and local governmental levels (steering, coordinating, implementing, supporting, monitoring, and evaluating the project process) and provide policy recommendations to the Government of Yemen on the roles it should play for successful implementation of this school-based approach.
Following the success of the project, BRIDGE II has been developed to expand and implement this model at the national level.
BRIDGE II, launched in February 2010, aims to build the capacity of MoE at the central level in order to implement the school management model based on the Whole School Development approach and to harmonize and unify guidelines with UNICEF and the World Bank have been working in this field. One of the main outputs of BRIDGE II is to develop a promotion package for Girls’ Education. The promotion package will include a handbook to be used by head teacher and will include a variety of awareness activities that aim at accelerating girls’ enrolment. The handbook will be piloted in Dhamar along with the unified manual.
The University of Kobe in Japan will continue conducting a series of workshops to build MoE staff capacities on the costs and financing of education and international education trends and indicators. In addition, regular sessions are conducted for the Girls’ Education Sector to build capacities in statistics processing and preparation and implementation of awareness campaigns.
2005 - 2013
PartnersOgawa, Keiichi
Principal donor, cooperation agencyJICA