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.
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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).