Participatory Research on Education and Agency in Mali (PREAM) is a 3-year international collaboration between McGill University and the Université des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB) in partnership with Plan International Canada and Plan International Mali who are implementing a program around education in emergencies.
The research builds on a recognition that education inequalities for girls exist within, and are impacted by, wider gender inequalities in their communities. Changes to local beliefs and behaviours around gender have been shown to directly support girls’ participation in education, while increasing girls’ education can have a significant impact on gender equality in the broader school environment. However, the connection between gender inequality and girls’ education in conflict is unclear. Agency, defined as the power to make and act on choices, is considered an essential component of gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. For this reason, PREAM aims to increase our understanding of this relationship and to generate valuable findings to inform policy and practice related to education and gender equality in conflict-affected settings in Mali and beyond.