The Impact of Life-Skills Blended Girls Secondary Education on Girls, their Families and Communities

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // Girls’ access to secondary education is a serious challenge, especially in remote rural areas of Pakistan. At the primary level, 32 per cent of girls are out of school, by grade six the percentage of out of school-girls reaches 59 per cent and only 13 per cent make it to the 9th grade. It has a very serious bearing on their capacities to claim their full potential, achieve their basic human rights and attain an acceptable standard of living. // Bedari, a women and girls’ rights civil society organization in Pakistan has supported 1000s of girls from rural areas of Pakistan to complete their secondary education. The support included community mobilization around the benefits of girls' education and financial incentives to bear the school expenditures. Along with ensuring girls' access to formal education, Bedari trained these girls on life skills and basic human rights. It also trained parents and community volunteers on the rights of girls and the importance of secondary education. It also did intensive community mobilization in the partner communities. Bedari implemented these projects during the last 12 years. It is high time to evaluate the impact of these projects. This research aims to see the impact of these innovative efforts on the lives of girls, their families and communities. It will also see the challenges of girls' secondary education in semi-tribal societies such as the district of Chakwal, Pakistan. // The researcher will conduct a random selection of partner villages and the girls who participated in these projects. We will conduct FGDs and In-depth Interviews of selected stakeholders of all kinds. The indicators will include the role of girls in decision-making at individual, family and community levels, SRHR status, age at marriage, family size and birth spacing, income and wellbeing of the family. More indicators can be added if suggested by the communities during the field research. The paper will give a clear picture of the impact of the innovative approach. // The author will present the results of the research already conducted. // Paper ID 6412

Secondary Education,Women and Girls' Education,Life Skills,Rural Communities,Gender,Child, Early and Forced Marriages (CEFM)