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100% of participants delay pregnancy and marriage. 88% of scholarship recipients graduate from secondary school (compared with national average of 26%). 74% of scholarship recipients pursue higher education, find wage-employment, or work in small businesses.
Upon selecting a partner school, a selection committee is established and consists of parents, faculty, and administrators. The committee narrows the pool of eligible students based on two main criteria: economic need and a demonstrated desire to learn (not necessarily reflected by academic performance).
In 2015, AGE Africa partnered with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, to conduct its first external assessment of our programs. The mid-term evaluation gave AGE Africa a clearer picture of how our CHATS Girls’ Club Program is changing the lives of the girls and how that impact compares to our scholarship program. Key Findings:
  • CHATS participants’ had extraordinarily high secondary school completion rates compared to the national average (88% and higher, compared to less than 50% of girls who enroll in school nationwide).
  • Increased leadership skills and voice, was a clear benefit for all participants. In many cases this also coincided with an increased capacity for self-advocacy.
  • CHATS participants clearly demonstrated an enhanced knowledge and understanding of gender equity than comparison students.
  • Participants demonstrated significant gains in knowledge of SRH—but not in terms of how to access SRH services, or more technical content of reproduction.
  • Participants emphasized an increased capacity to avoid peer pressure and romantic relationships.

Registered in Malawi.

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Innovation Description

AGE Africa supports disadvantaged girls in rural Malawi to complete secondary school with scholarships, an extracurricular life skills program, and post-secondary assistance to pursue higher education or income-generating activities.
How does your innovation work?
In 2013, AGE Africa launched a new, robust M&E framework to track the progress of the program's scholarship recipients and CHATS participants. The program's key objectives include improved secondary completion rates, improved leadership and self-advocacy skills, and improved post-secondary transitions. The primary tools used to gather these data are pre/post tests, self-reporting, focus groups, and school data collection at the beginning and end of each school term and year.

Planned Goals and Milestones

AGE Africa employs a rigorous, multi-step selection process to award scholarships. Program staff first meets with district education managers to identify schools that are most in need, then meets with schools' headmasters and faculty to gauge their interest in the program. Program staff then conducts informal interviews with nominated students. As a final step, program staff and volunteers make household visits to assess need, see where students live and sensitize families to the program.
Though AGE Africa has not yet reached full scale, the program now provides scholarships to more than five times as many girls as in 2011. With help from local organizations, AGE Africa has seen the CHATS program expand to a number of additional schools outside of the program. Number of learners served is on an annual basis and includes both scholarship recipients (about 150) and CHATS participants (about 400).


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