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Global review into role of sport in girls’ education announced

January 18, 2011

A global review of the role of sport in girls’ education is to be carried out by the UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) with support from UNICEF, it has been announced.

Following a meeting of key people at the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 last September, funding has now been agreed by UNGEI for the consultancy process.

This will look to establish a clear understanding of the issues facing girls’ education and the role that sport can play in tackling them.

To be undertaken between January and April, the review will provide an overview of current understanding of how participation in sport – both in and out of school – can address common barriers faced by girls, including social norms, and improve access to and quality of education.

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Following the completion of this review, a concise set of recommendations will be drawn up for all parties involved in girls’ education, detailing how to increase access and quality of education opportunities for girls and young women through sport and physical education.

“‘Beyond Sport provided the ideal platform to begin the dialogue around the role of sport in supporting girls’ education, which has led to UNGEI commissioning this research,” said Liz Twyford of UNICEF.

“This is the first step in a process which we hope will lead to girls around the world benefiting from the power of sport and improving their education as a result.”

The announcement is the latest example of the Beyond Sport Effect – a series of tangible impacts, initiated through Beyond Sport, on the use of sport as a vehicle for positive social change.

UNICEF is one of three global partners to Beyond Sport along with Barclays Spaces for Sports and TIME International.

Kim Mogg, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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