Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE)

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The Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) Project is an initiative funded by UNICEF that is implemented by the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM). It aims to improve retention and transition rates for marginalized girls by increasing their access to education and engaging communities through the Social Mobilization Campaign Model.
2012Malawi

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Student supportCreative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM)Girls' EducationPrimary

Location Data

Mangochi, Nsanje, Chikwawa, and ThyoloRural

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

Lack of school fees for girls selected to secondary school; insufficient resources and infrastructure with increased girls' access and retention; inadequate resources for implementation of activities (training for teachers, monitoring of interventions)

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