Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

 
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Jun 10, 2014

Educate and Empower Ethiopian Girls - June 2014

Trainees receiving orientation
Trainees receiving orientation

BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of dropping out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder has recruited 104 female students from poor families through its GlobalGiving project, Educate and Empower Ethiopian Girls. In total, 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region have received scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

UPDATE

During this reporting period, 20 students from the Amhara region received scholarship extensions that provided tuition support for five months. These vulnerable female students were on the verge of quitting school unless support was provided. Thanks to the timely support of this project, they are able to continue with their education. The number of girls on scholarship in Addis Ababa remained the same (77) during the reporting period, although some beneficiaries are in need of the extension of their financial support. Because of the limited funding available, Pathfinder Ethiopia prioritized support to the more vulnerable girls in the Amhara region who were also victims of forced marriages.

In addition to the extension of scholarship assistance in this reporting period, follow-up visits were done in the Amhara region and in Addis Ababa to assess the status of scholarship beneficiaries. Findings showed that all students in Amhara were doing well and attending classes, with improved academic performance. A majority of the girls also participate in school clubs (mainly in gender clubs), becoming advocates for girls’ education and the prevention of harmful traditional practices in their communities. They are also playing vital roles in the promotion of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.    

Continuing the effort to empower scholarship beneficiaries on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) issues and assertiveness skills, Pathfinder organized training for the 26 girls in Addis Ababa. The training was provided for three days by experts from Addis Ababa Health Bureau and the Pathfinder Ethiopia AYSRH team. The training also provided the opportunity to introduce the girls to health experts who could serve as role models and mentors in the future.

Orientation training
Orientation training
Mar 11, 2014

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls- March2014

Training participants
Training participants

Pathfinder International

Educating and Empowering Girls in Ethiopia

GlobalGiving Report

December 2013 – February 2014

 

BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of dropping out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder has recruited 104 female students from poor families through its GlobalGiving project, Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls. In total, 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region have received scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

 

UPDATE

During this reporting period, thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors, eight of our existing secondary school students in Addis Ababa were given scholarship extensions to continue their education and avoid dropout.

In addition, three-day trainings in adolescent sexual and reproductive health were conducted for 31 girls in the Dera Woreda of the Amhara region. The goal of these trainings was to educate and train peer educators who can become mentors in their own communities. The trainee students were from two local high schools, with 20 of them being scholarship beneficiaries of Pathfinder’s GlobalGiving project. These trained adolescents will go into their communities as peer educators who will conduct outreach on topics like basic sexual and reproductive health information, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, life skills, gender, and harmful traditional practices. Other topics of interest were discussed at the trainings such as Pathfinder’s scholarship project, their academic performance, and strengthening the girls’ clubs. As a result, the girls witnessed an increase in their sexual and reproductive health knowledge and made a commitment to serve their peers in sharing what they learned from the training. 

Beneficiary presenting to a group at a training.
Beneficiary presenting to a group at a training.

Links:

Dec 17, 2013

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls- Dec 2013

Pathfinder International and Addis Ababa Women’s Association

GlobalGiving Donors Report

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls Project

September - November 2013


BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of dropping out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder has recruited 104 female students from poor families through its GlobalGiving project, Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls. In total, 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region have received scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

UPDATE

We had an exciting start to the school year, with 20 young women who have received scholarship support continuing their education by enrolling in university. During this reporting period, the project did not enroll new scholarship beneficiaries, as the majority of new recruits (12 female students) were enrolled during the previous reporting period, prior to the September start of the school year. Instead, during the last quarter, the project extended tuition and school supplies assistance to four existing beneficiaries for a total of 40 additional months in school.

With the support of GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder is currently providing support to 77 girls, who, in addition to receiving tuition assistance for continued education, are provided with sexual and reproductive health education and support for girls' clubs that provide social support and mentoring by successful women in their communities. Our comprehensive model integrates health information and life skills to help adolescent girls realize their full potential.


Attachments:
Sep 19, 2013

Pathfinder Progress Report for June-August 2013

Pathfinder International Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women Association

GlobalGiving Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls (Merged previous Girls' Scholarships project and Girl Effect project)

June- August 2013 Report

 1. BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of drop-out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder recruited 104 female students from poor families through its newly-merged GlobalGiving projects now called Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls. In this project 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region are receiving scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

During this reporting period, seven new girls have been recruited and received scholarship assistance. Due to the new scholarship assistance they received, these female students have been able to continue their studies this September—the start of a new school year.

2. NEW ADMISSIONS DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

SN Name Gr. School No of Months

1 Amelework G. 10 K/D/Selam 4

2 Netsanet H. 10 K/D/Selam 4

3 Tewede A. 10 K/D/Selam 4

4 Almaz A. 9 K/D/Selam 4

5 Sintayehu A. 7 Salayish 4

6 Tizibt G. 7 Salayish 4

7 Almaz G. 7 Salayish 4

TOTAL NEW = 7 girls

3. EXTENSION OF ASSISTANCE FOR EXISTING BENEFICIARIES DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

SN Name Gr. School No of Months

1 Feben T. 10 Millennium Sec 4

2 Abaynesh D. 10 Millennium Sec 4

3 Netsanet E. 10 Fanna Sec 4

4 Firehiwot Z. 10 Asco Sec 4

5 Hilina Y. 8 T. Kokeb 4

6 Meron L. 10 Miazia 23 4

7 Seblewongel T. 11 Minilik II 4

8 Mahder M. 12 W/Yirad 4

9 Nigist E. 9 Salayish Sec 4

Total = 9 girls

6. TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS ISSUED TO FEMALE STUDENTS TO DATE

Scholarship #* No of Girls Assisted as of Period of assistance

1 4 May 2008 50 months

2 1 May 2008 50 months

3 3 March 2009 43 months

4 1 March 2009 23 months

5 1 Aug 2009 22 months

6 1 Aug 2009 30 months

7 3 Jan 2010 23 months

8 5 Jan 2010 28 months

9 14 Mar 2010 24 months

10 1 Mar 2010 27 months

8 14 May 2010 24 months

9 3 Oct 2010 24 months

10 7 March 2011 24 months

11 5 May 2011 24 months

12` 2 June 2011 27 months

13 2 August 2011 21 months

14 2 Nov 2011 21 months

15 3 Feb 2012 20 months

16 June 2012 10 months extension

17 Sept 12 12 months extension

18 Dec 12 10 months

19 3 March 2012 8 months

20 7 June 2013 4 months

21 9 June 2013 4 months

TOT 77

 

*Italized fonts indicate female students already under assistance from the previous GlobalGiving project and for whom extension of tuition assistance was provided

REMARKS

Among all the GG assisted scholarship girls, except for 9 girls, all the rest have completed their deposit money looking for further assistance till completion of their secondary school.


Attachments:
Jun 21, 2013

Update on Scholarship Beneficiaries June 2013

Pathfinder International Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women Association

GlobalGiving Girls Scholarship Report

 JUNE 2013 REPORT

Background

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education and mitigating their risk of drop-out. Since May 2008, Pathfinder recruited 70 female students who received primary and secondary school scholarships. We are delighted to report that six young women from our program have moved to the university level this past quarter (January-March 2013). While one student was unable to stay with the scholarship program, the remaining 63 students were able to remain in school and progress to higher grade levels. The following table indicates the students’ grade level and number of students enrolled.

Total number of scholarship beneficiaries as of June 2013

 Grade No. of Girls

6 1

7 7

8 4

9 12

10 16

11 9

12 14

University 6

Left Program 1

Total 70

 

New admission during the reporting period

The funding amount received during this reporting period was not sufficient for the recruitment of new beneficiaries into the scholarship program. While there were no new beneficiaries assisted during the reporting period, the funding amount received was allocated to students already enrolled in school for their continued education.

Progress during this reporting period

As scholarship beneficiaries entered the program, they received an initial scholarship for their schooling and were eligible to receive extension scholarships as resources became available to continue their education. The ongoing support of GlobalGiving donors has allowed many of the project’s women and girls to receive extension scholarships. At the end of this reporting period, students who were enrolled in 2008—when this program first began—have been able to stay in in school for 50 months. Other scholarship beneficiaries hope to continue on this path with the ongoing support they receive.

Students of the GlobalGiving Scholarship program have not only been able to attend school, but also to stay in school. Among the 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries, 60 students have successfully used their initial scholarship for schooling. The challenge for these girls now is to acquire funding to finish their high school studies and finalize their secondary school education.

The students gave their testimonials that without assistance from the scholarship program, they would not have achieved much in their educational pursuits. They also stated that they were able to fulfill basic school-related expenses through the scholarship funds. The possibility of the extension of their scholarship will pave the way for them to enroll into university and they are hopeful that their wishes will be granted. 


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Dave Paek

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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