Project profile — Beyond Borders: Building Safe Spaces for Girls and Improving Education at the Border


Save the Children Canada (22502)
2020-03-19 - 2022-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Developing countries, unspecified (100.00%)


• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Sectors not specified (99810) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)


This project aims to improve the realization of the right to safe, gender-responsive, quality learning for girls between the ages of 5 and 18, affected by the crisis and conflict in the Colombia-Venezuela border. This project responds to two major humanitarian crises facing Colombia, the migratory crisis caused by the arrival of millions of Venezuelan mixed migrants; and the internal armed conflict, which has existed for over 50 years and resulted in more than 8 million internally displaced people. Project activities include: (1) promoting community social and behaviour change communication and enrolment campaigns to promote girl’s education; (2) supporting community clubs and safe spaces where out-of-school girls can build positive social life skills and facilitate a transition to education institutions; (3) providing training to girls on socio-emotional and like skills, gender equality, gender-based violence (GBV), participation and educational rights; (4) distributing essential resources needed to access education, such as menstrual hygiene management kits; (5) mapping referral routes to child protection and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services; (6) providing training to teachers on gender-responsive teaching and learning strategies; and (7) developing local and national public awareness campaigns to address xenophobia and discrimination. The project’s primary beneficiaries are crisis-affected girls between the ages of 5 and 18, in and out-of-school, and at risk of not realizing their right to education and learning. This project expects to reach 30,403 direct beneficiaries, including 1,022 women, 746 men, and 28,635 children between the ages of 5 and 18 (of which 15,755 are girls).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable access to safe, quality, gender-responsive and inclusive education for crisis and conflict-affected girls, adolescent girls, and women along the Venezuelan border region of Colombia; (2) improved equitable provision of innovative, gender-responsive, and evidence-based formal and non-formal education, for girls and women along Colombia-Venezuela border; and (3) improved policy planning, implementation and coordination at local and national levels for safe, quality and gender-responsive education for crisis and conflict-affected girls in the Venezuelan border region of Colombia.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2022 include: (1) reached a total of 36,401 children (19,383 girls and 17,018 boys) including 32,949 school-aged children and adolescents (52% girls). This includes 3,452 out-of-school children and adolescents (62% girls) to ensure access to quality education access for all; (2) increased access to quality education by training 4,410 teachers (74% women) in teaching strategies that promote gender-responsive education, inclusive citizenship, digital literacy, socio-emotional learning and peaceful classrooms; (3) trained 440 teachers and counselors (68% women) in activating the referral pathways for complex cases of violence, abuse or risk; (4) trained 1,490 caregivers and family members (88% women) in gender equality, child protection and nonviolent parenting; (5) supported 40 schools across three departments (Arauca, La Guajira and Norte de Santander) with rehabilitation through non-structural works and the implementation of gender-responsive school improvement plans; (6) promoted quality education and improved school reinforcement by supporting a total of 107 education and exchange spaces, including 21 girls’ clubs, 16 boys’ clubs, six digital classrooms, and 24 catch-up clubs. In addition, 40 citizenship clubs were established to help children stay in school, remain motivated, discover new technological opportunities, and close their educational gap; (7) reached 2,054 out-of-school Venezuelan children (49% girls) who are on the move and supported their learning, well-being and protection by providing them and their parents with a printed learning guide; (8) supported flexible education in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing 4,100 children (78% girls) with education kits and incentives such as learning materials, chairs, tables, and connectivity devices to promote access and enable learning at home; (9) completed studies on the social, cultural and gender-based barriers and norms affecting girls' right to education and trained members of local women’s and community-based organizations (76% women) on gender-responsive, innovative educational approaches to support learning and inclusion of crisis-affected girls; and (10) improved policy planning, implementation and coordination at the departmental and national levels of government. This included implementing 15 departmental forums, a national forum on education without borders, and a national media awareness campaign that reached an estimated 4,500,000 people. Messages centred on the right of girls to education and the importance of combating xenophobia, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
31-05-2023 Disbursement $530,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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