Episode 3

Achieving a gender-responsive pedagogy with Nora Fyles, Rosa Muraya & Ruth Naylor

If we consider the specific needs of genders in the delivery of education as we do with other factors such as disability, then the benefits of gender-responsive education can be felt by all.



In this episode of Brighter Futures, we’re looking at some of the key gender-based issues faced globally, how we can move towards greater gender-responsive education, the progress made thus far, and the steps yet to be taken in the realm of girls’ education.

Joining Tony McAleavy this time - Nora Fyles, Gender and Education Consultant and previous head of UNGEI (United Nations Girls' Education Initiative), Ruth Naylor, Lead Advisor for Girls' Education, and Rosa Muraya, Deputy Director of Education Development Trust's Girls' Education Challenge programme, 'Let all girls succeed'.

This episode covers:

  • The long-running push for greater provisions for girls’ education
  • Closing the gap between education policy and practice
  • Dangers of allowing interruptions to girls’ education
  • Developments made up to, and since, the recent pandemic
  • The need for targeted financial support and usable, accurate data

“Education is a critical lever for women's rights, as well as girls' lives. It is critical that we attend to it, we focus on it, and we make it a reality.” - 9:15 - Nora Fyles



“Good education is gender responsive, because it responds to the needs of the learners, and the needs of the girls are sometimes different from the needs of the boys. Good education takes that into account, just as it would take into account the needs of children with disabilities.” - 16:20 - Ruth Naylor



“There are two dynamics of this: having the right policies in place, and actually policies that are supported & are aligned to practice. In Africa, where I have done most of my work, there are really good policies, but the gap is in the alignment of policy to practice. That's a really crucial element.” - 20:50 - Rosa Muraya



“Sierra Leone dropped the ban of pregnant girls attending school, and that was a response to political pressure from some of the big players in the world. That also led to some of the largest investment streams.” - 31:25 - Nora Fyles



“We managed to sustain learning, and actually there was improvement in literacy and numeracy scores for these girls 10 months after reopening school. Given that we were tracking them very closely, and we complemented that with enrollment drives & back to school campaigns, we saw 91% attendance of girls back to schools. So some of these are really promising practices, with potential to share widely.” - 38:20 - Rosa Muraya



“We need to take advantage of schools reopening to introduce reforms, which sees education more holistically, looking at not only academic learning but those other skills which we know are critical for girls surviving in their homes, communities and schools. So decision making, collaboration & critical thinking. We've lost so much in terms of social interaction learning, as children have been at home, as well as academic learning.” - 52:10 - Nora Fyles