Leading Community Action for Vulnerable Girls: Young African women at the forefront of COVID-19

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Key Information

Across rural districts in sub-Saharan Africa, we are coordinating with members of the CAMFED Association to reach out to the most vulnerable girls in their communities, partnering with local services to ensure that they have the information, food, necessities and learning support they need to weather the pandemic, and re-enroll when schools re-open.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana, Malawi, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2020 -


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 enrollment
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Remote Learning

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School quality


  • Civics education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Digital literacy
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


5 - 25

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations or governments


  • Gender-sensitive curricula
  • Increased availability of learning materials

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs
  • Digital reading materials (non-textbook)
  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)


  • Community food production
  • Food for peace/relief
  • School feeding

Health and childcare services

  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs
  • Increased availability of Fiction/non-fiction books (digital)
  • Textbooks (digital)

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building


  • Informational interventions (e.g. returns to education)
  • Other activities to end child marriage (not captured above)

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Reducing/eliminating school fees

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents


  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

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

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased literacy
  • Increased numeracy
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Increased test scores
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved nutrition
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced violence against children in the home

Additional Information Back to Top

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