Girls at school
Pathfinder International launched our girls’ empowerment project in November 2012 as part of the Girl Effect/GlobalGiving Challenge. We were pleased to receive so much support from individuals like you
in just 30 days. Your investment in this project has allowed us to conduct the
Our team held preliminary meetings with the Amhara and Addis Ababa Women’s Associations to inform them of the project and to begin thinking about girls to be selected for scholarships and leadership roles in girls’
clubs. From the Amhara region, the Dera woreda was selected as a target area for the project as school dropout rates among girls is high because of poverty and early marriage. In Dera woreda, our staff held a half-day consultative meeting to establish a scholarship beneficiary selection committee.
In Addis Ababa, four schools in Yeka sub-city were selected as many of the students are from slums and face extreme poverty. In addition to the four schools selected by the project, the Addis Ababa Women’s Association selected three secondary schools: Salyesh secondary school (Yeka sub-city), Debreselam school (Kechena
sub-city) , and Beherawe Betemengest school (Arada sub city). The same kind of scholarship committee mentioned above was established for this target area.
Since the creation of the committees, 30 female students (20 from Amhara region and 10 from Addis Ababa) have been recruited to receive scholarship benefits and begin participation in established girls’ clubs at their school.
In addition, we recently conducted a small-scale needs assessment on how to strengthen or establish girls’ clubs, and the types of books needed for library support at the selected schools. This needs assessment identified the barriers and requirements for the continued education of our female students. The needs we identified were:
- A lack of knowledge about gender
issues, impacts of early marriage, sexual and reproductive health concepts and
awareness of the importance of girls’ education in the community
- A shortage of instruction materials
such as text books and reference materials in the libraries of both schools
- The remote location of the schools
from the girls’ homes required students to rent dorms closer to the school
which necessitated additional funds
From May to July 2013, the first round of scholarship payments covered tuition and school materials, and was distributed to 27 girls for two months of education. In addition, the project distributed information,
education and communication (IEC) materials about skills education and education transformation at two high schools. The project was also able to procure profiles of its scholarships students in order to better understand the
needs, strengths and challenges of our beneficiaries and facilitate their scholarship grants.
Girls reading together