ENSURE 100% RETENTION OF GIRLS IN SCHOOL & IMPROVING ACCESS & QUALITY OF EDUCATION
The Bakhita Partnership for Education (BPE) is an independently governed partnership of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) and the associations of Catholic sisterhoods in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia (AOSK, ARU and ZAS). In the wake of COVID-19 and beyond, the BPE will work in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, where the religious sisters in partnership with the Jesuits will advocate for 100 percent retention and improved access and quality of education for girls in the targeted countries and schools. For its overall objective, the Bakhita Partnership will also work to ensure that every girl child receives quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest and the most vulnerable in these countries. Through the BPE, the sisters will leverage their long experience in education to advocate for better pathways for holistic education and formation and suggest policy responses to the crisis of education that Africa needs.
FR. CHARLES B. CHILUFYA, S.J
Chairman - The Bakhita Partnership for Education (BPE)
According to the World Bank an extra year of primary school raises girls’ future wages by up to 20% and for every 1% increase in the proportion of girls with secondary education, a country’s annual per capita income growth rate increases by 0.3% points. Sub-Saharan Africa needs a programme that can holistically address the multiple barriers that girls face to attaining good quality education. The basic tenet of this proposed program is that the bottlenecks (the “push” factors) around girls accessing and completing school can only be overcome by providing an integrated approach (the “pull” factors) that tackle multiple factors that inhibit girl education.
Through the Bakhita Partnership for Education by which the two Church Institutions will deliver as one, the two Catholic agencies, which are actively engaged in the education sector will harness their core competencies and respective comparative advantages to provide a comprehensive platform and facilitate delivery of a package of services for increasing girl’s access to basic education.