If you can please include the following in the essay please:
Gender is always important in relation to education. Include arguments about the importance of female education to development and take some issues and facts from the first term lecture on gender (I will attach) for that line of argument. Modernisation and Development theories both have views on the role of education in development (briefly include a theoretical perspective to the answer). A comparison and contrast between the strengths and weaknesses of Modernisation and Development theories (briefly).
Mainly focus on the practical issue of gender: focus on the need for female education, leading to skills, qualifications, empowerment and independence for women.
Charles Kenny in his book, Getting Better, has a section on impressive increases in female education achievements in the MIddle East could be worth checking
Examine the importance of education policies in terms of their wider impact on development processes.