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Education Development Trust to work with UNICEF developing guidance on secondary education in the areas of equity, gender and skills

16 September 2016

Education Development Trust has recently started work on a new contract with UNICEF to develop programmatic guidance for UNICEF's regional and country offices on secondary education in the areas of equity, gender and skills.

This will help guide UNICEF's support to secondary education and the transition into the workplace after formal or non-formal education.

Jacqui Mattingly, Principal international advisor for Education Development Trust, will be leading the work, focusing on how programmes operating locally can support governments to ensure equitable opportunities in secondary education, especially for the most marginalised groups. The final guidance from this project will be used by UNICEF's regional and country offices across the world to help develop more effective and evidence-informed programming in secondary education.

Jacqui says "This is an exciting piece of work at a critical time of change with the adoption of the sustainable development goals. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with UNICEF to understand the needs of their country offices and help to shape practical but evidence-informed guidance that education staff at country level can use to shape their programming, research and policy dialogue with governments."

As part of developing the guidance around secondary education, skills for employability is a particular focus theme to understand better how young people are not only educated, but develop relevant skills to integrate into the labour market. This is of particular importance in contexts, such as the MENA region, where high levels of youth unemployment is one of several contributory factors to violence and conflict.