In June 2018, Global Affairs Canada announced a Call for Proposals on Dismantling Barriers and Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls in Fragile, Conflict and Crisis Situations. Under this call, Agriteam has been awarded CAD 12 million to implement the 5-year ‘‘Défi education des filles au Mali’ (DEFI) project, which will improve formal and non-formal education for girls (and boys) in conflict-affected communities across Mali.

DEFI will take a holistic approach to improving education by improving access to education for girls, while also building the quality of education provided and improving student retention. Working with Farm Radio International and Catholic Relief Services, Agriteam will use strategies – such as interactive radio programming, digital innovation, vocational training and remedial classes for girls with learning difficulties – to reduce barriers to girls’ education and provide training to girls who do not have access to primary and/or basic education.

The Dismantling Barriers and Improving the Quality of Education for Women and Girls in Fragile, Conflict and Crisis Situations call for proposals is part of Canada’s $400-million commitment to education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations, announced in June 2018. The commitment aligns with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and aims to support a sustainable development approach to increasing access and reducing barriers to quality education for women and girls in fragile, conflict and crisis situations, including in refugee-hosting countries.