Education Plus Initiative is a multisectoral action for the empowerment and wellbeing of adolescent girls and young women and has the potential to provide the transformative change required to achieve the 2030 agenda and to leave no one behind. Cameroon is one of a select number of champion countries in the initiative’s first phase of roll-out, that publicly committed at the highest-levels of government to ‘Education Plus’. This rights-based, gender-centred agenda promises to be a gamechanger—for young women and girls, for the social and economic development, stability and resilience of their communities and countries, and for accelerating the achievement of African regional commitments and frameworks such as Agenda 2063, the Maputo Protocol on women’s human rights, the AU Youth Charter, Commitments by Ministers of Education and health from countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and the SDGs, ICPD and Beijing agreements among others . The initiative will reignite commitment to girls’ education. It will work to disrupt the status quo and business-as-usual on how policy and budget priorities are set; and shift the mindsets of decision-makers towards prioritizing investments in line with the holistic approach.
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