Safe Learning Model

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

All children require a safe space to learn and develop. Unfortunately, both physical and psychological aggression and gender biases are prevalent in far too many schools. Concern is working to address school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) in education programmes across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Niger, Somalia and Malawi. We aim to reduce violence and improve methods for responding to violence, as well as addressing attitudes and influences both within and outside of school, from local to national level. We are also going one step further with the Safe Learning Model in Sierra Leone – a pioneering multi-million euro, five-year programme, funded by Irish Aid. The model was developed to ensure a holistic approach to education and bring together interventions that address SRGBV within a comprehensive education programme. The aim is to gather data and design a blueprint for an effective safe learning model which could be used by the Government of Sierra Leone and contextualised for different countries. Our "working assumption" for the programme is: children’s educational progress (specifically literacy learning outcomes) will be enhanced when they live in communities where there is more support for gender equality and children's well-being. Run in partnership with UCD School of Education and involving close to 30,000 children in 100 communities (of whom 3,000 will be tracked), it is the first ever large-scale research project to explore the link between school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) and literacy.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


Not applicable or unknown


UCD School of Education

Ministry Affiliation



COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • School-related gender-based violence

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Boys in school

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula


  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)

School-related gender-based violence

  • Anti-violence policies and codes of conduct

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)