Biruh Tesfa for All (“Bright Future for All”)

  • P Project/Program

I Inactive

Key Information

Biruh Tesfa is an evidence-based program that provides marginalized out-of-school girls in urban Ethiopia with the education, resources, and skills they need to increase literacy and numeracy skills and improve their health and wellbeing.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2006 - 2022


Federal Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs; Regional Bureaus of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs in Addis Ababa, Amhara, and Tigray; Regional Bureaus of Education in Addis Ababa, Amhara and Tigrat; Ethiopian Orthodox Church; Ethiopian Muslim Developmental Agency; Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association; Nia Foundation; Organization for Protection and Rehabilitation of Female Street Children; Handicap International

Ministry Affiliation

Ethiopia Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • HIV and STIs
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls out of school, Youth


7 - 24

School Enrolment Status

All out of school

School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Internal migrants (from other areas of the same country)
  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top

Health and childcare services

  • HIV prevention
  • Referrals to health services

Life skills education

  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - outside the classroom
  • Numeracy - outside the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved health - other
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health