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Several higher institutions across Africa have been running post graduate programs in gender studies; some of them have also initiated and integrated courses focusing on gender issues in their various undergraduate and graduate curricula. These studies have been instrumental in producing graduates specializing in gender studies and in enabling social science graduates acquire deeper knowledge of gender issues in contemporary social, political, and economic realities. In order to facilitate the learning-teaching process, many of the higher education institutions in the region have been purchasing text books from various sources and some of them were developing their teaching and reference materials.

OSSREA’s preliminary assessment in 12 higher learning institutions across eastern and southern Africa, however, revealed that most of these institutions lack standardised textbooks, teaching materials and reference books. Instructors in the institutions often develop inadequate course materials on gender issues by scavenging limited resources available on the webs. Even those institutions which follow standard textbooks and teaching materials often fail to regularly update and make them in tune with African realities by using African based case studies. Moreover, there is absence or limited utilisation of the available resources on gender issues developed by various international and regional research, training, and think-tank institutions. The assessment also shows that almost all higher learning institutions predominantly rely on materials developed in and devoted to the context of the western world.

Cognizant of the above challenges, OSSREA initiated a project that aims at developing teaching modules or textbooks and reference materials for graduate level studies, especially for MA programs on gender studies in higher learning institutions of sub-Saharan Africa. This project has resulted to the development of the following Five Training Manuals.

  Gender, Vulnerability and Social Protection 
   
   GENDER ISSUES IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY REDUCTION
   
   Gender in the Political Arena
   
Gender, Agriculture and Natural Resources
   
GENDER, POPULATION DYNAMICS AND POLICY

 

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