Equal Education

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Drawing on its in-house staff of high calibre consultants, social researchers and an international network of experts, SDDirect is a leading provider of technical advice, support and research on equal education. This  includes on girls’ education; disability inclusion; Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and safeguarding; education in Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations (FCAS); citizen voice and accountability; and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). 

Our vision for education is a world that provides high quality, safe and equal education for all. Our approach is to ensure that girls, children with disabilities, marginalized youth and their communities have safe and equitable access to a good education. There is growing evidence that more inclusive education results in better education for everyone. Our portfolio of work in equal education addresses both supply- and demand-side barriers and spans the following interlinked areas of practice: 

  • Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), including disability inclusive education

  • Stronger safeguarding in education 

  • Better prevention and responses to gender-based violence and violence in schools 

  • Improved education in fragile and conflict affected situations

  • More accountable governance in education and stronger voice and empowerment for girls, students with disabilities, marginalised youth and their communities 

  • Effective research, monitoring, evaluation and learning to share evidence on what works to achieve gender equality, social inclusion and safety in education 

All our work is grounded in context-specific experience, knowledge and analysis. We focus on detailed analysis of gender, power dynamics, the impact of conflict and violence, and barriers to equal access and inclusion. We track and address connections with other sectors and thematic areas such as health rights, disability inclusion and different forms of violence, including early and forced marriage, sexual violence and abuse. Supported by a highly skilled and experienced safeguarding team, child protection and safeguarding of all stakeholders are central to our work in education. 

SDDirect has a strong track record of delivery on large-scale education programmes, including the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office's (FCDO) Girls Education Challenge (GEC) and the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN). We bring education-related experience from other major multi-year programmes such as Voices for Change (Nigeria), the Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Helpdesk, What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale (What Works 2), and the Disability Inclusive Development Programme. As well as our track record as GESI advisors, SDDirect is a market leader on safeguarding and currently manages FCDO’s Safeguarding and Resource Hub (RSH). We have recently mobilised our team to provide lead technical advice on GESI and safeguarding for the Partnership for Learning for All in Nigerian Education (PLANE), FCDO’s new flagship education programme in Nigeria.

If you would like to hear more about our work on Equal Education, please reach out to Barry Smith, Deputy Technical Director and Principal Consultant for our Equal Education Portfolio, barry.smith@sddirect.org.uk