Women Education Centre opens in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A UNESCO-sponsored International Centre for the Education of Girls and Women in Africa (CIEFFA), opened Monday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
CIEFFA's main objective is to alleviate poverty by conducting social research that would empower young girls and women.
The Centre is also to provide income-generating activities and offer appropriate training to participants.
CIEFFA was initiated by the Burkina Faso authorities in 1993 and approved in November 1999 by the 30th session of the UNESCO general conference.
According to its Co-ordinator, Aminata Elisabeth Ouedraogo, the institution would promote women affairs through the integration of the gender approach into development policies and programmes.
She said CIEFFA would also strengthen the operational capacities of African countries on the education of girls and women.
Ouedraogo said the Centre would set up an information and exchange network on the education of girls and women.
It also aims at promoting development projects involving community organisations, NGOs and international institutions.
CIEFFA covers about 30 countries in Africa functioning within the framework of UNESCO programmes.

03 july 2001 11:13:00

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