Life Skills & Literacy for Improved Girls' Learning in the Wolaita Zone of South-Western Ethiopia
Summary: Life Skills & Literacy for Improved Girls' Learning is an initiative in the Wolaita zone of south-western Ethiopia that seeks to increase enrollment, retention & learning rates for primary school girls in by working directly with girls as well as with school managers, teachers, and communities to create girl friendly environments and pedagogy. --- ‘Improved Girls' Learning in the Wolaita Zone of South-Western Ethiopia ’ is a program run by Link Community Development Ethiopia (LCDE) that aims to improve girls’ enrollment, retention, learning and school performance in 117 rural elementary schools. Working in all schools in four marginalized, densely populated woredas (districts) of the Wolaita Zone of south-western Ethiopia, the...
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Description of Scale and Reach
Although this is a new project it draws on LCD's experience of operating in Ethiopia since 2007 and in particular the organization's technical expertise around grassroots implementation of the Ministry of Education's School Improvement Programme. This is now being applied for the first time in the service of girls' education. The model focuses on collecting accurate data against standardized school indicators and also includes capacity-building inputs to meet the gaps identified. These inputs have evolved during the project inception phase and also in response to the project's baseline findings.