At a conference of African Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education held in Manchester in 1992, five women participants at a discussion conceived the idea of forming an association that could promote the education of girls in Africa. This gave birth to FAWE, an acronym, which stands for Forum for African Women Educationalists. One of these great founders was Hon Vida Amaadi Yeboah (late). The other four women were; Hon Paulette Misambo (Gabon), Dr. Fay Chung (Zimbabwe) Hon. Alice Tiendrebeogo (Burkina Faso) and Hon. Simone De Comarmond (Seychelles). They are the Founding Mothers or the dream team of FAWE.
FAWE is registered as a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Its current Chairperson is Prof. Christine Dranzoa of Uganda. FAWE has 33 chapters throughout Africa including the Ghana Chapter.
FAWE was born out of discussions between African ministers and donor agency representatives of the Donors to African Education (DAE). It was created on the staunch belief that women in decision-making positions have the potential to make a significant difference.
The creation of FAWE was formalized by a meeting held in September 1992 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy.
In her opening remarks, Hon. Dr. Chung said, “We are here to search for practical, manageable interventions that will realistically help to ameliorate the present situation. We are not helpless as a group. We need to have a vision of where we want to go, realizing that each day, there is something positive we can do”.
The Bellagio meeting brought together nineteen senior African women policy-makers in education drawn together by a common concern — the poor status of female education in Africa.
In order for these ministers, vice-chancellors and prominent educationalists to make the difference they desired to make, a mechanism had to be put into place that would enable them to share views, exchange experiences, explore alternatives and pool their intellectual resources constantly. The formation of a network that would support members and their institutions, strengthening their capacity for influencing policy-making and policy-shaping, was clearly a priority.
FAWE was registered as a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1993.