Strategic Approaches to Girls' Education (STAGE)

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Key Information

The Strategic Approaches to Girls’ Education (STAGE) project lowers the barriers that girls face in achieving an education by providing formal and nonformal education tracks. The initiative operates in six regions of Ghana, specifically targeting districts and communities where high levels of extreme poverty, in combination with deep-seated traditional and social norms, negatively impact women and girls.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation



2020 - 2021


Afrikids, Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems, Ghana Red Cross

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response

New for COVID-19

Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Secondary completion
  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Remote Learning

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • School violence


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Early/child marriage
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls out of school, Youth


10 - 19

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

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-based monitoring (e.g. school report cards)


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

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital learning materials/programs

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services
  • Maternal and child health services
  • Referrals to health services
  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Educational Radio or Television Programs
  • Increased availability of Writing materials

Life skills education

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)
  • 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

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Teachers as mentors


  • Check-in calls or SMS messages by teachers
  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)
  • Other activities to end child marriage (not captured above)

Policy/legal environment

  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Safe channels/mechanisms for reporting violence
  • Support in and around schools (e.g. peer counseling, adult-to-student counseling)
  • Violence prevention curriculum/activities for students

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

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased literacy
  • Increased numeracy
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased secondary school enrolment
  • Increased test scores
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved health - other
  • Improved maternal, newborn, and/or child health (MNCH)
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Catharine Morgan
World Education, Inc.