The Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) project is a UNICEF-funded project implemented by Creative Centre for Community Mobilitization (CRECCOM) that operates in the low-income districts of Chikwawa, Mangochi, Nsanje, and Thyolo, with the goal of increasing retention and transition rates to the upper primary level (Standards 5-8) for marginalized girls in Malawi. One of the greatest education challenges these girls face is female discrimination that results from gender stereotypes regarding the intellectual inferiority of girls when compared to boys. Thus, PROGE seeks to empower girls by increasing participation in life skills, providing incentives for academic competition, and sensitizing, motivating, and mobilizing community structures (teachers, village heads, SMC/PTA, mothers' groups, initiation counselors) in schools to eliminate practices such as school-related gender-based violence.
To achieve these goals, the project uses a combination of strategies such as social and community mobilization, scholarships, and mentoring and advocacy. In particular, the PROGE project utilizes a three-pronged approach to engage students, teachers, and other community members in support of girls' education.
- Girls' Education Networks | PROGE seeks to provide girls with a network of peers, family members, and other female role-models to encourage them in their pursuit of education. Through mentorship, counseling, and retreats, as well as girls' groups and mothers' groups, PROGE students receive the mental and emotional support they need to overcome education challenges.
- Female Teacher Networks | PROGE assists teachers through School Management Committees (SMCs) and teacher training initiatives that focus on the most effective ways to support girls' education.
- Communication Initiatives | Through mass media interventions, PROGE provides local communities with relevant information on girls' education and the PROGE education project to encourage Malawian citizens to advocate for every girl's right to learn.
Its methodology is centered on the Social Mobilization Campaign Model which emphasizes four key dimensions: research and verification, worker training, community-based sensitization, and village-based initiatives. These initiatives are implemented in partnership with several government entities such as the Ministry of Gender, district education management offices, and primary education advisors.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportTransitional supportIncreasing or sustaining enrollmentMentorship/internship/job placementParental/community engagement in support of studentsPolicy & AnalysisGirls' EducationCulture/indigenous knowledge
Model details2012Not-for-profitCulture/indigenous knowledgeNo longer activeShort-term projectFree service or product8,000100%
ScaleMore than 8000 students have been served. 1,481A total of 1481 teachers have been trained in child-friendly teaching methods and inclusive teaching.84189189 school-in-a-box kits have been distributed.March, 2015
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The program deploys ongoing monitoring, learning, and evaluation processes with key stakeholders. The program's indicators are measured against baseline survey findings. Monitoring is conducted on a quarterly basis, and recommendations are made for the program's improvement. Biannual stakeholders' meetings are conducted for learning purposes. Successes, challenges, and observations that are made are shared to improve program implementation. Monitoring also involves systematic data collection on specified indicators to inform management and the main stakeholders of progress and achievement of results from the allocated funds. Feedback is given to project donors, implementers, and beneficiaries.
Below are some of PROGE's objectives, indicators, and activities which are in turn monitored and reported on monthly, quarterly, and annually:
- 86 girls' networks trained and established
- Support 100 open dialogue forums, public debate and interface on issues affecting girls
- 44 role models identified and utilized
- 8 youth and drama groups trained
- Recreation activities supported in 44 schools
- Increased community sensitization on the importance of girls' education and the re-admission policy
- Establish or strengthen the functionality of 84 Mother Groups
- Establish and support 84 female teacher networks as role models and mentors for the girl
- 616 community leaders trained
- 88 initiation counselors trained
- 84 school improvement plans including issues of children with disabilities
- 14,400 girl achievers awarded
- Introduce best child-friendly school initiative with a focus on girls in targeted schools
- 1,176 teachers trained through Continuous Professional Development in embracing child friendly attitudes and practices
- Orient government field workers at district level on policies and strategies promoting girls education
- 6 review meetings
- 4 interface meetings