Community Based Education

Empowerment through Education in Afghanistan (Phase 3)

CARE International in Afghanistan (CARE Afghanistan) has been implementing the Empowerment through Education (EEA) Project in Afghanistan since May 2011 and the project is now in its third phase. EEA works with communities in five Provinces (Ghazni, Kapisa, Khost, Paktia and Parwan) to set up a community-based education (CBE) program in rural and remote communities, where regular public schools are located far from villages and conservative social norms and safety concerns severely restrict girls’ mobility and access to schooling. Community-based education is a network of classes, often held in homes, that allow children, particularly girls, to access education in communities far from a government school.

KEY FINDINGS

EOPO 1: Increase children’s, particularly girls, access to basic education in grades one to nine through community-based education.
Achievements
- Girls’ enrolment is increasing for both primary and secondary levels.
- A growing cadre of competent and effective female teachers is increasing girls’ enrolment.
- Girls are increasingly furthering their education and skill-base following graduation.
- Parents are encouraged to prioritise girls’ school attendance through active Village Education Committees.
- Girls view community-based education schools as accessible, respectful and safe learning environments
Challenges:
-Low but continued dropout rates for economic reasons

• EOPO 2: Improve the quality of education through training and coaching of teachers, aligned with Ministry of Education (MoE) policies.
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• EOPO 3: Increase girls’ skills, confidence and abilities to participate in school decision-making structures and technical skills for employment.
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• EOPO 4: Increase community support for girls’ education and women’s decision-making in management of community-based education.
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• EOPO 5: Strengthen stakeholder networks to advance the rights of girls’ and boys’ education through policy and practice.
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Community Based Education Project

This evaluation assessed the project "Community-Based Education" (July 2011 – June 2014). The project aimed at facilitating government delivery of quality basic education (grades 1-9) in 120 community-based classes (96 primary and 24 lower secondary) to 3,154 children, living in areas where public education services are not available in Ghazni, Kapisa and Khost provinces.
The evaluation took place from September to November 2014, with fieldwork in October 2014. It involved a total of 464 participants (42% female) through an on-line self-assessment questionnaire, beneficiary survey and in-depth interviews in Kabul and around a random sample of 44 CBE classes in the three provinces. All data and steps used for the sample selection, data cleaning and analysis
can be fully reproduced with the codebooks presented in the annexes to this report.
The results indicate that the project is highly relevant considering the needs and priorities of its target groups, as well as CARE's Policy Strategy Framework and the policy scenario. Read More...

Steps Towards Afghan Girls Educational Success II Mid Term Review

As part of the Girls Education Challenge-Transition (GEC-T) program, Steps Towards Afghan Girls’ Educational Success-II (STAGES-II) is expanding its work from GEC-1 to implement community-based education (CBE) to marginalised girls in 16 provinces of Afghanistan. STAGES-II is building on past activities and learning to introduce a new focus on transition, particularly the transition of girls from primary to secondary school education. The project aims to contribute to the learning and transition outcomes of 22,290 girls enrolled in primary- and lower-secondary community-based education (CBE) and accelerated learning programs (ALP). These beneficiaries are marginalised girls who live in remote areas un-serviced by government school education, and STAGES is targeting three sub-categories of marginalisation: girls with disabilities, girls who don’t speak the language of instruction and girls from poor households. In addition, STAGES will reach 9815 boys through community-based education, 187,390 girls and 158,942 boys in government schools and 7868 teachers in community-based and government schools. A total of 83,421 community members, and 3636 women and 5001 men participating in school management councils (SMCs) will also benefit from the project.
The overall purpose of the midline evaluation is to compare results from baseline to midline, and assess the extent to which programme outcomes have improved. The evaluation tracks longitudinal cohorts of girls across the life of the project, for learning and transition outcomes. Learning cohorts were sampled at the baseline and midline. Transition cohorts were sampled and tracked at the household level at midline, as an additional arm of enquiry. Read More...

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