The right to education is one of the most important means to achieve gender equality. Education and training need to be delivered over the course of a lifetime, adapting to changing life circumstances and reflecting rural women’s needs at the time.
Community based education and training for women is imperative in rural areas. It is a fundamental building block in supporting women to rebuild confidence and capability to enter the work place, and as a means to access lifelong learning in its own right to maintain overall wellbeing.
Community based education is generally delivered based on the local community need, and as such takes account of the complexity of women’s lives and barriers to education such as childcare, course fees and academic environment.
- Rural-proof education and training investment
- Address the barriers to women’s lifelong engagement in training and education and resource these barriers
- Provide a range of education and training options, offering both accredited and non-accredited training
- Recognise low confidence as a major barrier to women’s participation in education