Project profile — Promoting African Grassroots Economic Security Through Education and Skills (PAGES)

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Promoting African Grassroots Economic Security Through Education and Skills (PAGES) - Overview
Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2010-08-11 - 2015-09-30
Country / region • Ethiopia (10.00%)
• Mali (15.00%)
• Sierra Leone (13.00%)
• Senegal (14.00%)
• Rwanda (13.00%)
• Tanzania (10.00%)
• Canada (10.00%)
• Ghana (15.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (12.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Education facilities and training (11120) (14.00%)
• Education, Level Unspecified
Teacher training (11130) (10.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (16.00%)
• Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (1.00%)
• Secondary Education
Vocational training (11330) (2.00%)
• Water And Sanitation
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (1.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services
Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (17.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (8.00%)
• Industry
Cottage industries and handicrafts (32140) (16.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified
Promotion of development awareness (99820) (3.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Urban issues (significant objective)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
Description and results


The project aims to improve access to basic education and sustainable livelihoods for more than 200,000 children and youth, men and women, by reducing the intergenerational effects of household poverty. The three programming components aim to increase the access of girls and marginalized children to quality basic education, to improve vocational and entrepreneurial skills of women and youth, and to improve the access of women and youth to microfinance and productive assets. A rights-based approach is used that places a heavy emphasis on participation of children, youth and families. Plan International Canada implements the program in partnership with the seven Plan country offices that in turn partner with the government and local non-governmental organizations. The public engagement in Canada component aims to engage the development understanding and involvement of 150,000 youth in issues of basic education and sustainable livelihoods.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of September 2013 include: (i) 77% of village savings and loans associations (VSLA) members are satisfied with VSLA services and 99% of members have stayed in the groups, (ii) 57% of members in VSLA groups now hold loans; (iii) VSLA groups adhere better to global gender policy obligations; (iv) the average score for the quality and inclusiveness of the classroom learning environment is 34.9/50 (approaching the target of 35/50); (v) child protection and gender equality are being incorporated into school policy; and (vii) enrolment rates are 80% for girls and 90% for boys in grade one and 90% for both in grade 5. In Senegal, (i) film and theatre productions raised awareness on children’s rights in hundreds of school communities; and (ii) environmental education has improved (with harvests from school gardens financing community projects and tree planting in ten communities). In Ghana, (i) community groups built and managed schools; (ii) poor and marginalised Fulani girls participated in five-day leadership camps for girls; and (iii) Fulani youth joined savings and loans groups to learn income-generating skills. In Mali, (i) separate girls and boys latrines were built in seven schools; (ii) 189 Savings for Change groups were formed; and (iii) 135 women were trained in income-generating skills. In Ethiopia, (i) classrooms, rainwater harvesting tanks, libraries, water lines to latrines, and teachers’ quarters were completed in seven schools; (ii) teachers and government education workers were trained on children’s rights and gender equality; and (iii) VSLAs were strengthened. In Tanzania, (i) share value in VSLA groups increased likely due to increased confidence, asset base, and earning capacity; and (ii) loan disbursement increased and some members used their loans to purchase house plots, connect water pipes for irrigation, and open small food businesses. In Rwanda, (i) a strategy to promote the enrolment of girls in vocational training was put in place; (ii) Technical and Vocational Education Training was nationally recognized, providing added value for graduates seeking to enter the job market; and (iii) a study on the costs of children's schooling was completed. In Sierra Leone, (i) five schools were improved and provided with sports equipment; (ii) 69 new VSLAs were created and their leaders were trained in financial literacy; and (iii) students and teachers were trained in leadership, child rights, and gender equality. The Public Engagement component in Canada (i) educated youth in global development issues through the website with over 3,000 registered members and nearly 31,000 visits; (ii) the Plan for Change program helped Canadian youth plan and track their individual and youth group projects; (iii) a youth leadership summit was held in Calgary; and (iv) over 130 girls clubs supporting girls’ leadership, speakers’ bureau and youth journalists, are registered across the country.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
22-10-2015 Disbursement $313,077
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