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Artists as key influencers in getting more girls to school post-COVID-19
Joint Side Event AU/CIEFFA & UNGEI
on the Margins of GPE Global Education Summit 2021

Over 133 million girls and women have been affected by the health crisis of COVID-19 related school closures, and more than 10 million of them risk not returning to school if we do not take action that guarantees their return once schools re-open. Furthermore, evidence is pointing out that girls and women are suffering disproportionate effects of this pandemic as they bear the burden of care work, and are vulnerable to gender-based abuse and violence.

Among the many players in the field relating to girls and women’s education are artists. Embedding arts, culture and heritage within education enables us to preserve, restore and rehabilitate strong values as well as create an unparalleled enabling environment for the promotion of girls and women in every stratum of society, in line with the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

This side event offers an opportunity to engage with actors from cultural and artistic fields on the role of arts in promoting girls and women's education and for the rolling-out of the AU/CIEFFA’s campaign #AfricaEducatesHer, aiming to ensure continuity of learning for all African girls and women learners during COVID-19.

The event is divided into a panel discussion and a short music and poetry session.

Speakers & Panelists:

- Hon. Elise Ilboudo Thiombiano, Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Burkina Faso
- Dr Rita Bissoonauth, Head of Mission, AU/CIEFFA
- Ms. Antara Ganguli, Director, UNGEI

- Mr Hambani Masheleni, Ag. Head, Education and STI, ESTI
- Mr Kunle Adewale, Founder of the Art of Medicine Fellowship Program, Nigeria
- Ms Mouna Ndiaye, Actress, Burkina Faso
- Ms Ifechukwu Michael, Musician, Nigeria

Performances By:

- Afrie (Uganda) ft. Smarty (Burkina Faso) & Ife (Nigeria)
- TaAfrika (Kenya &Tanzania)
- Blessing Anaso (Ghana)
- Maxime Tala (Niger)

Jul 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Universal Time UTC

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