Providing Basic Education to Out of School Children

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Key Information

The project targets out of school children (girls and boys) aged 9-14 years, especially those children who have special needs due to their disability. It is a three year project (Sept. 18 – Jun. 2021) and funded by Geneval Global. The project supports the education of target children through implementation of interventions and by working in collaboration with government stakeholders and community members. It aims to improve quality of education service provision and life of target children, youth and children with disabilities.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation



2018 - 2021


Region, Zone and Wereda Education Offices and schools, Community members, School Management Committees, Network of Civil society Organizations

Ministry Affiliation



COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope


Meets gender-transformative education criteria from the TES  


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition


  • Early childhood development
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Vocational training


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence


  • Civics education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)
  • 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), Mothers, Other community members - female, Other community members - male, Parent-teacher associations/school management committees, Religious leaders, School administrators, Youth


9 - 14

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Pre-school
  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Other caregivers

Participants include

  • Adolescent mothers (pregnant or parenting)
  • Homeless/street children
  • Internal migrants (from other areas of the same country)
  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools
  • Extending school hours

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community-based monitoring (e.g. school report cards)
  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)
  • School management committees
  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations or governments


  • Gender-sensitive curricula
  • Increased availability of learning materials
  • Remedial education/skills

Educational Technology

  • Computer-assisted learning

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of libraries


  • Community food production

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services
  • Providing childcare for young mothers
  • Referrals to health services
  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Increased availability of Fiction/non-fiction books (unspecified)
  • Increased availability of Math materials (rulers, protractors, calculators, etc.)
  • Increased availability of Writing materials
  • Textbooks (unspecified)

Life skills education

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

Menstrual hygiene management

  • Educating girls about menstruation
  • Raising awareness about menstruation (beyond just girls)
  • Sanitary product distribution

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Teachers as mentors


  • Informational interventions (e.g. returns to education)
  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)
  • Other activities to end FGM (not captured above)
  • Sports programs

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies
  • Raising awareness about existing laws/policies

Reducing economic barriers

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

School-related gender-based violence

  • Anti-violence policies and codes of conduct
  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Safe channels/mechanisms for reporting violence
  • 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
  • Group activities with students or school-age children/adolescents
  • Work with community leaders
  • Work with religious leaders


  • Diagnostic feedback
  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • 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
  • Tutoring - general

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets
  • Construction/improvement of toilets (combined use)
  • Improved water access

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action
  • Empowerment training
  • Leadership training
  • Self-help groups (financial, including savings and credit groups)
  • Self-help groups (non-financial)

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

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

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Improved maternal, newborn, and/or child health (MNCH)
  • Improved nutrition
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)
  • Reduced STI/HIV/AIDS
  • Reduced violence against children in the home

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Mulugeta Kechema
Organization for Development in Action
Executive Director