In the fall of 2011 AGE Africa will begin to offer its complete Mentoring Program to 62 young women at 4 public schools in Malawi. After almost 2 years of piloting pieces, designing and honing our curriculum to meet our students needs, we are finally ready to scale this critical addition to our scholars' learning.
We know that scholarship provision is critical for our girls’ success, but have also learned that scholarships alone are not enough to get students to the academic finish line. This is why in 2010 AGE Africa added a mentoring program to target the multiple causes of girls’ dropout. Research on girls education in Malawi and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests that cost is just one of many reasons why 73% of girls drop out of school before graduation. Distance to school, early pregnancy, early marriage, lack of knowledge about career paths, and the value of education all contribute to the low retention rates of female students. AGE Africa’s mentoring program offers two tracks of extra-curricular education that are designed to halt this attrition by helping our young women cultivate the ability to IMAGINE a future that's different AND the power to ACT to achieve it.
Unlike traditional scholarship programs that fund fees-only bursaries, AGE Africa’s success rate is a result of a unique three-pronged program strategy:
This FULL curriculum is being implemented at all four of AGE Africa's school sites with 62 studets as of September 2011. We need your help to ensure our students continue to receive this vital curriculum throughout 2012.
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