Education and Training

Date: February 3, 2012
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– With the exception of Seychelles, women in Southern Africa have lower literacy levels than men.
– In most SADC countries, there are now roughly equal numbers of boys and girls at primary schools. The widest gaps are in Angola and DRC.
– There are more girls than boys in schools in Lesotho, Namibia and Seychelles in primary school.
– Seven SADC countries now have higher proportions of women than men at tertiary level compared to compared to the last five years)
– In all but two instances, primary education in Malawi and secondary education in Mozambique (where girls and boys are virtually at par) girls are outperforming boys at schools in the SADC region.
– Gender stereotypes still abound in decision-making in SADC; in curriculum and teaching materials, and in the choice of subjects.
– Gender violence in schools remains a major challenge.
Source: SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2011

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