How diverse programming for girls improves school retention

By Global Fund for Children | May 7, 2019 | The Americas | Education, Gender Equity

Kim McClain, GFC’s Regional Director for the Americas, examines how community-based organizations complement school systems to keep girls from dropping out.

Global Fund for Children’s Empowering Adolescent Girls project supports a cohort of local organizations across Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua that are committed to working with adolescent girls and creating opportunities for them to thrive.

Each member of this group approaches girls’ empowerment in their own way, informed by the girls they serve and the communities where they work.

As we scouted local partners for this project and surveyed the vast diversity of their activities, we began to ask ourselves: how might all these different approaches contribute to keeping adolescent girls in school so they can better prepare for independent economic and civic lives as young women?

Kim explores this question in a new report, drawing from a recent study commissioned by the CAF Development Bank of Latin America.

The study identified seven primary factors contributing to secondary school drop-out rates in Latin America. Kim’s report looks at how civil society organizations are complementing school systems to meet girls’ holistic needs – and to pave the way for their academic success.

Our partners are meeting each of the seven challenges with culturally relevant, girl-centered programs – whether they are expanding school curricula, helping families to cover school fees, or teaching girls to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

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