Joint Programme on Empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Education

  • P Project/Program

I Inactive

Key Information

The Joint Programme aspires to break the cycle of exclusion and vulnerability and takes a life-cycle perspective to do so. It works across relevant sectors including education, health, youth, skills development, technology and women’s economic empowerment. Specifically, it aims to: Ensure that girls and young women benefit from a full cycle of quality education; Empower girls and young women with relevant knowledge and skills; Support girls and young women in their transitions into adulthood and the labour market, and to fully participate in society In parallel, ministries, civil society, teachers and health service providers are involved to strengthen social and governance structures impacting girls’ lives, the capacity of national and subnational authorities to promote the growth of gender-transformative educational opportunities, and to ensure country ownership and accountability. The objectives of the Joint Programme directly contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and support the implementation of national development plans and strategies.


South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Mali, Nepal, United Republic of Tanzania

Government Affiliation



2016 - 2021


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • School quality


  • Civics education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


6 - 19

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Pre-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)