General Update Over the past 3 months the Tiger Teams completed a series of projects based around recycling. Coaches and Tiger Girls continue to meet daily to address academic study needs focused on math and basic literacy skills, as well as project based learning activities.. The coaches’ reports indicate high attendance rates at school and improved test scores. They are currently working to complete school registration for the coming school year.
Harvard Evaluation Team Visits Za’atari A team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education program, traveled to The Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan in June to conduct a process evaluation of the pilot TIGER program. The purpose of the trip was to assess how well these goals are being achieved and to propose interventions and/or modifications to strengthen the program. Through interviews with coaches, focus group discussions with TIGER girls, and observations of each of the TIGER teams, the program was found to be successful in increasing girls’ motivation to go to and stay in school. The combination of direct academic support, community service projects, and strong trusting relationships between the coaches, the girls, and their families has made the TIGER girls a “network of girl change makers” within the camp. Many girls reported that the TIGER program has increased their confidence in school, provided new collaborative problem solving skillsets, and promoted a strong social network that involves the coaches and TIGER peers in various aspects of their lives.
Please help us do more! The Harvard team produced a set of recommendations that will help OLE build upon and seek to expand the program within the camp, and at additional locations. They also set a modest goal of providing a field trip for the girls. “From our conversations with the girls, we learned that they would like to have the opportunity to go on a field trip outside of the camp. To help the girls achieve this dream, please donate to the TIGER field trip campaign here or donate to the main Tiger Girls campaign here. We are urging our supporters to make donations during the next few days so that we can take advantage of the GlobalGiving matching funds available over the next few days.
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