The EGHE team in Lusaka, Zambia for the FAWE Conference on Girls Education in Africa, August 2017. 

Find out about more about the network members below.

Lead PI : Dr. Barbara Read, University of Glasgow, UK

Dr. Barbara Read is a sociologist of education, with an interdisciplinary background in history, social anthropology and women's studies. Currently Reader in Gender and Social Inequalities at the School of Education, University of Glasgow,  she was previously Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education, Roehampton University (2007-12) and Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University (2001-2007).

Barbara’s main research interests are: gender and student experience, particularly in HE; academic culture and work, particularly inequalities of experience and the issue of casualisation/ the experience of Early Career Academics;  and children's and adults' peer group/friendship cultures at school and university.  

She is also currently working on issues of gender and academic knowledge - particularly in relation to gender and STEM subjects at HE and leading to HE entry - in international contexts.

Full profile can be viewed here.

Co-PI : Prof. Michele Schweisfurth, University of Glasgow, UK

Michele is Professor of Comparative and International Education and Director of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.  She brings to the network expertise in comparative methods, experience of a range of lower-income countries, and a passion for equity in education. 

Full profile can be viewed here.

Co-PI : Prof. Liz Tanner, University of Glasgow, UK

Co-PI : Ms. Jane Umutoni, University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Jane Umutoni

Assistant Lecturer, University of Rwanda

College of Arts and Social Sciences, Centre for Gender Studies 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Studies & Master of Social Sciences in Gender and Development degrees.

Research interests: Women’s economic empowerment, gender and post-conflict peace building & reconciliation, girls’ education.

As a member of EGHE, I will explore females’ experiences before, during and after Higher Education as well as their participation and overall performance in STEM subjects, specifically in the context of Rwanda.

Partner : Hendrina Doroba, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya

Hendrina Doroba, M. Ed.

Executive Director, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Africa

Hendrina Doroba has over 30 years of work experience.  As a leader and educationalist, she has successfully managed various teams during her varied portfolios as programme manager and coordinator at both regional and national level, teacher trainer and secondary school teacher of mathematics.

Hendrina has been at FAWE since July 2007.  She has meritoriously coordinated regional programmes across the 33 sub-Saharan African countries where FAWE has a presence.  Her area of expertise includes design and development of gender responsive programmes, training of trainers on FAWE’s gender responsive models, project coordination, monitoring and evaluations, policy analysis and advocacy.  She is well experienced in strategic planning, has coordinated and developed strategic plans, annual work programmes and reports.  She has excellent networking and skills for nurturing partnerships; she has supported and strengthened links between FAWE NCs, various Ministries of Education, funding partners and other civil society.

Hendrina is proficient in promoting organisational policy and leading local, national and international teams to define requirements and deliver rapid results in constantly changing environments.  She has an excellent understanding of gender and education issues, and the challenges that exist particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Hendrina has ably presented papers on gender and education in Africa at regional and international conference/meetings.

She is a very competent strategist with a proven track record in effective programme management and coordination; policy analysis, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation.  Hendrina has a strong commitment to social justice, social development work, advocacy, networking and fundraising for equal access to education.  Hendrina has led a team that has mobilised over $30 million dollars towards the implementation of the FAWE Strategic Plans.

Hendrina’s international and national exposure has given her an opportunity to deepen her understanding of the political, economic social and cultural environment in which the social sector reform process operates at various levels globally.  She enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating, training and developing, a successful and productive team. She thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environments.

Prior to joining FAWE in 2007, Hendrina worked with Irish Embassy (Zambia) as Education Manager, and Oxfam GB Zambia as National Coordinator, Commonwealth Education Fund Project, supporting and strengthening the capacities of 12 local NGOs.  She also taught Secondary School Mathematics and Geography to girls, developed and coordinated in –service training programmes for mathematics teachers in Zambia.

Hendrina holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the National University of Ireland, Dublin.  She is a graduate and member of the Global Women Leadership Network (GWLN) and a Synergos Senior Fellow.

Partner : Dr. Marguerite Miheso-O’Connor, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya

Dr. Marguerite Miheso-O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University School of Education, department of Educational Communication and Technology. She is holder of Post Doctoral fellowship, Marang Centre, University of the Witwatersrand –SA, Doctor of Philosophy-Mathematics Education and Masters in Mathematics from Kenyatta University, a post graduate diploma in  population studies (UON), and a bachelors degree from University of Nairobi in Education, Double mathematics

Dr Miheso-O’Connor is presently the Kenyan representative to ICMI; Vice Chair Mathematics association,(MAK) Kenya; Board member, Centre for Teaching Excellence Evaluation and Research, KU; PI, HP catalyst initiative for STEM teachers, Mathematics in Historic Environment( KU), Kenya.  Mwangaza project- STEM education for VI learners,

Dr Miheso has experience with teacher education which include(a) Mathematics tutor in Primary/ elementary teachers’ college (b)Principal graduate lecturer in Mathematics and Mathematics education in Diploma level College (c)INSET Trainer of trainers and founder member of Strengthening of Mathematics and Science at Secondary School Education (SMASSE).

Dr Miheso is a Researcher and Consultant and has worked with Teacher education; Integration of technology in STEM education Mathematics Education issues; Mathematics in Historic environment, Capacity building for teacher preparation, SMT pedagogy for girls (FAWE): VVOB –Rwanda- Teacher trainingmodules for distant learning ; EDC-SSTEP South Sudan Curriculum development for  teacher Education UNESCO- EFA contract teachers, African Union ( AU) study on training working and living conditions.

Partner : Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine, Makerere University, Uganda

Dr. Euzobia M. Mugisha Baine is a Manager of Academic Affairs in the Quality Assurance Directorate of Makerere University, Uganda since  May 2011. She coordinates the implementation of policies and programs relating to crosscutting themes of Makerere University namely quality assurance and gender mainstreaming. She is a member of the Makerere University Governing Council; currently  on a joint appointment as a lecturer in Makerere’s East African School for Higher Education Studies & Development (teaching Gender issues in Higher Education) and  previously in the Department of Sociology (2009-2012) teaching  Gender and Social Inequality.  

From 2008- 2011 she was a Senior Assistant Registrar in charge of Policy formulation, implementation & Welfare in the Gender Mainstreaming Division (GMD) of Makerere. In July 2001, she was posted to the then newly established GMD as the pioneer Desk Officer for the Makerere/Carnegie Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI). She coordinated the FSI until September 2003, when she went for her Doctoral Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom which she completed in January 2007.

She joined Makerere University in February 2000, and her first posting was in the undergraduate admissions office.  Before joining Makerere University, Dr. Baine worked as a Training Officer for Action for Development (ACFODE), an indigenous women’s non-governmental organization championing advocacy of women’s rights in Uganda and beyond.  She joined ACFODE in 1999 after completing her Master’s degree program in Development Studies (Women & Development speciality) from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. Before enrolling for  her Master’s,  she worked as a volunteer in ACFODE after completing her undergraduate degree in social sciences in July 1993 specialising in political science and sociology. 

Partner : Dr. Josephine Munthali, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya‌

Dr. Josephine Munthali is a woman educationalist from both the western and Africa traditions. She is committed and has a passion for supporting orphans and vulnerable children around the world in fighting against poverty and to reach their potential through education.   Her passion is to promote gender equality in education by addressing the needs of boys and girls in pursuing their education.  Thus girl and boys should equally perform well in schools and in development activities.    

Josephine played a significant role in setting up the Child Support Project which is a registered Charity in Scotland.   Through the Child Support Project, Josephine has supported disadvantaged children in Malawi.  Furthermore, she raised the profile of Malawi and played a significant role in the Scotland Malawi Partnership and the Scottish Executive International Aid Fund for Malawi.

Josephine advocated for the right to education and poverty alleviation, for orphans and vulnerable children, to high profiled political leaders and policy makers internationally.  In 2005 Josephine had an opportunity to interact with the G8 Leaders spouses at G8 Summit at Gleneagles in Scotland. She shared her knowledge concerning the constraints affecting girls’ education and poverty issues affecting orphans and vulnerable children. She advocated for the scaling up of donor’s interventions and support.

Josephine has over 10 years of experience in international development work with a track record in strategic planning, organisational management, gender responsive programme management and research.  She has coordinated gender responsive education programmes in over 10 countries in Africa and keeps track on recent trends particularly in girls’ education through research and publications. The recent research findings have been published in “Global Ideologies Surrounding Children's Rights and Social Justice” book. The title of the Chapter is “Social Norms or Child Labour”.

Partner : Ms. Isatou Ndow, Gambia College, The Gambia‌

Ms Isatu Ndow is currently the Head of School of Education, and vice principal Gambia College.

Isatou Ndow is a teacher, educator and administrator. She has taught at all levels of education, from preschool to primary to Upper Basic and to Senior secondary. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of the Gambia, lecturing Gender studies. She has taught English Language, Literature in English, French, Gender studies and the Life Skills related subjects.

Isatou Ndow has also participated in development related issues, education policy formulations and the development of training manuals.  She has taken part in series of training related to Education and Gender studies.

Her interests includes girls’ education and women empowerment and teacher education. She co-authored a book entitled “The Gendered Voices from the Gambia”.