Agriteam has been providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education (MoE) in gender equality in Honduras through the Strengthening Education Management at the District Level in Honduras (FORTA) project (Global Affairs Canada, $14.4M) since 2013. This partnership has recently resulted in the swearing in of a 16-member Gender Commission representing all units of the MoE with a mandate to mainstream gender equality throughout the education system.

FORTA is a five-year project that works in seven department education offices with approximately 126 municipalities. The project has improved pedagogical leadership, education management and community participation through applying a consistent gender lens to education in Honduras, raising awareness of the challenges boys and girls face in achieving real equality, and providing pathways to improving their chances of success. By raising national awareness and the need to act, the Gender Commission is a starting point for supporting real change.

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