Project profile — Back to School Better: Increasing Gender-Responsive Education for Refugee and Displaced Girls

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Overview

Overview

Back to School Better: Increasing Gender-Responsive Education for Refugee and Displaced Girls - Overview
CA-3-P009605001
$6,000,000
UNICEF CANADA (XM-DAC-41122)
2020-09-02 - 2021-08-31
Terminating
Country / region • Mali (32.00%)
• Congo, Democratic Republic (33.00%)
• Burkina-Faso (35.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (32.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (25.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (10.00%)
• Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth (11231) (11.00%)
• Secondary Education
Secondary education (11320) (10.00%)
• Water And Sanitation
Basic sanitation (14032) (12.00%)
Policy marker • Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
Description and results

Description

This project aims to increase gender equality and promote the empowerment of refugee and displaced girls in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali. This project works to address the barriers to the personal safety of girls, as well as the systemic/cultural barriers they face to realizing their right to education in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19). Project activities include: (1) conducting community outreach on the importance of refugee and displaced girls’ education and sexual and gender-based violence prevention; (2) providing support to gender-responsive enrollment campaigns to refugee and displaced girls; (3) supporting safe learning spaces for girls; (4) providing gender-responsive technical assistance to education stakeholders on integrating refugee and displaced girls in post-COVID-19 education plans; (5) providing training to teachers and social workers on gender-responsive remote learning and psycho-social support for refugee and displaced girls; and (6) providing hygiene and menstrual health kits to girls in formal and non-formal learning spaces. The project expects to directly benefit 58,950 girls and adolescent girls who are internally displaced or refugees, and 15,000 vulnerable host community girls between the ages of 3 and 19. The project also expects to indirectly benefit 750,350 community members, 1,000 community-based organizations, including women’s associations, 250 school management committee members, 31,200 teachers, 5,000 boys, and officials from the Ministries of Education.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased knowledge of the value of education for refugee and displaced girls by parents/caregivers and community members; (2) increased ability of refugee and displaced girls to advocate for their right to education and make their voices heard in decision-making processes that affect them; (3) improved ability of education officials to integrate refugee and displaced girls into formal and non-formal education systems, in the context of COVID-19; and (4) improved knowledge and ability of teachers and social workers to design and deliver quality gender-responsive teaching and safe, inclusive learning spaces, in the context of COVID-19.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (August 2021) include: (1) improved awareness and attitudes towards girls' education of 31,115 community members, parents and caregivers (14,790 women and 16,325 men) in project regions; (2) increased awareness of 36,637 refugee and displaced girls’ right to education and their role in decision-making processes; (3) participation of 33,195 refugee and displaced girls in peace clubs and training in life skills, including gender-based violence (GBV). Also, adapted 720 of these clubs to a COVID-19 context; (4) trained 1,666 education officials (463 women and 1,203 men) in the integration of refugee and displaced girls into learning approaches in the context of COVID-19; (5) registered 109,598 girls in the national education system in the context of COVID-19; (6) provided 2,148 teachers (746 women and 1,402 men) access to learning platforms and digital resources to design and deliver quality gender-responsive teaching and safe, inclusive learning spaces in the context of COVID-19; (7) reached 4,358,534 community members (approximately 50% women and 50% men) through outreach sessions to explain and advocate the importance and value of refugee and displaced girls' education in times of crisis; (8) reached 654 communities with back to school campaigns and advocacy on the importance of education for refugee and displaced girls; (9) trained 5,898 community members (2,680 women and 3,218 men) on COVID-19 prevention measures and trained 4,108 community members (1,686 women and 2,422 men) on GBV prevention and referral to legal and psycho-social services; (10) provided 11,334 girls in humanitarian situations with GBV risk mitigation, prevention or response interventions; (11) reached 56,489 refugee and displaced girls with gender-responsive re-entry and enrollment campaigns, of which 11,829 enrolled in school or distance learning; (12) provided 38,588 girls in humanitarian situations with access to safe spaces created or adapted to the COVID-19 context with inter-sectoral programming; (13) provided 7,794 refugee and displaced girls with solar radios, tablets and workbooks to support remote learning; (14) facilitated the development of three gender-responsive COVID-19 plans by education officials in Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Also, reached 651 girls through the U-Report online platform designed as part these new plans; (15) trained 2,598 teachers and social workers (847 women and 1,751 men) on gender-responsive remote learning and psycho-social support for refugee and displaced girls; (16) established 820 safe, inclusive and gender-responsive formal and non-formal learning spaces; and (17) distributed 2,783 water, sanitation and hygiene kits 12,928 menstrual hygiene management kits and 8,000 guides and awareness booklets on menstrual hygiene management in formal and non-formal learning spaces.

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Planned Disbursement $0
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