Training in gender-sensitive educational planning

The IIEP-UNESCO Africa Office offers a high-level online course on gender-sensitive educational planning. After two editions of the course for French-speaking Africa (in 2020 and 2022), one edition for English-speaking Africa (in 2021) and one edition for Portuguese-speaking Africa (in 2022), offered in collaboration with the IIEP-UNESCO Office in Buenos Aires, the fifth edition in 2023 will target again English-speaking countries in Africa. 

In brief
  • A high-level online course on gender-sensitive planning aimed at strengthening the capacites of education specialists in Africa.
  • Conducted within the framework of the Gender at the Centre Initiative (GCI), this course is supported by a professional development programme.
  • These activities contribute to IIEP-UNESCO's work to promote gender equality in education. 

Description of the course

Short course on gender-sensitive educational planning

2020 > 2022 programme of the short course on gender-sensitive educational planning

  • A 72-hour training course spread over nine weeks, available on application.
  • Three distance-learning modules, accessible on the IIEP-UNESCO virtual campus learning platform.
  • Four languages: French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • A flexible organisation combining plenary sessions, autonomous learning and collaborative activities.
56 %
female and 44 % male participants took part in our course in 2022

Profile of the participants

Our training courses in gender-sensitive educational planning target primarily middle and senior managers of government institutions and educational administrations involved in the formulation, planning and implementation of educational policies in Africa, at the central or decentralised level. 

Participants may also come from the world of research and education, international organisations, development aid partners and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Successful candidates typically hold positions of high responsibility, such as:

  • Executive, planner in a technical department of a ministry (National Education, Higher Education, Finance, Planning, Health, etc.) or in a decentralised agency
  • Education inspector
  • Director of a training institution, dean of a faculty
  • Researcher, teacher in a national institution specialising in educational planning
  • Executive Director of an NGO active in the field of educational planning and management in Africa

These courses are particularly aimed at professionals from the eight Gender at the Centre (GCI) programme countries: (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone).

“The course in gender-sensitive educational planning provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop reference documents for the promotion of gender equality in education. In particular, I learned how to better differentiate data by sex. This is essential for initiating strategic actions that take into account the specific needs of girls and boys.” 


Rasmata Ouedraogo, class of 2020
Director for the promotion of inclusive education, girls and gender education at the Ministry of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages, Burkina Faso

Calendar and applications

Consult the latest call for applications (deadline June 30th, 2023)

Cohort program

The objective of the cohort program led by IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is to build and consolidate an African community of practitioners in gender sensitive educational planning. Launched in 2021 as a follow-up to the first edition of the gender sensitive educational planning course, this programme is intended to welcome new alumni over time. 

It combines different types of activities: 

  • Peer learning and professional development
  • Networking
  • Capitalising on knowledge
  • Experiences on the institutionalisation of gender in education administrations

In parallel to the collaborative activities carried out remotely, IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is planning face-to-face meetings and workshops with the members of the cohort program, provided the global health situation allows it. 

Customised training

As part of the technical assistance provided to the eight African countries of the Gender at the Centre Initiative, IIEP-UNESCO Dakar’s GCI team organises customised training on gender in education. Delivered locally to managers and agents of ministries of education at the central or decentralised level, these courses are designed based on the needs and priorities of each country. 

Learn more about the Gender at the Centre Initiative


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