Advancing Girls’ Secondary Education towards SDG 4 and 5
Many African girls continue facing extreme difficulties in accessing quality, descent and equitable education. There are limited retention mechanisms, high teenage pregnancies, poor sanitation and lack of role models leading to poor performance and high drop outs.
This program aims to counter numerous challenges faced by the GIRL Child in Accessing quality education, improve Performance and Retention Mechanisms to those who may have fallen-out of the education system.
Full idea description:
Progress Girl’s Initiate (PGI) programme is designed to increase Demand, Access, Performance and Retention of school going girl children. This will be done through establishment of transit schools (TSs), Open Learning centers (OLC) and Study Groups (SGs). The purposes of such institutions is to provide space where girls who have either dropped out or never entered school can catch up with in-school peers and are then mainstreamed or filtered back into the formal education system. Transit schools managements will identify girls and boys with minimum level of literacy, numeracy, life skills and refer them to further skills development and job preparedness and entrepreneurship programs that already exist. The recipient institutions will further examine the children and reintegrate them back to the formal schools. Furthermore, this initiative will include counseling on career and social issues that will focus on raising self-esteem of girls by school guidance counselors. The purpose of SGs is to promote unity and knowledge sharing through discussions while enhancing performance through hard work.
Feasibility of the idea:
Pilot project to assess the performance of the "Girl Child" in schools, long distance to schools and number of drop-outs between 2011 and 2016 (5years).
Category of focus:
The pilot activity is expected to improve Access to education, Performance and Retention of a total of 192 Secondary schools which will directly account for 14,000 students. This number is expected to indirect reach an addition 17,000 through outreach campaigns in chiefdoms and the surrounding schools
The initial program will be implemented in both rural and urban Secondary Schools in Northern Zambia. It will later scale up to the neighboring provinces, SADC region, entire Africa and the world over.