Project profile — Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative - program 2020 to 2022


WUSC - World University Service of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-3119304848)
2020-03-05 - 2024-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Uganda (33.40%)
• Syria (33.30%)
• South Sudan (33.30%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (50.00%)
• Secondary Education: Secondary education (11320) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to empower adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24 years, who are pursuing educational pathways in crisis-affected areas of Uganda, South Sudan and Syria. The project reaches marginalized girls and women who are refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the most vulnerable members of the host communities. Project activities include: (1) providing life skills sessions on healthy lifestyles, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), mental health, financial literacy and negotiation skills to existing and newly established girls' clubs and peer-to-peer groups; (2) providing financial assistance for the families of the most vulnerable adolescent girls and young women to address specific educational barriers; (3) holding training workshops for formal and non-formal teachers and school leaders on basic, gender responsive and inclusive pedagogical approaches, including providing psycho-social support; and (4) developing remote curricula for learners to use at home enhances access to education and improves the quality of home-based instruction. This project benefits 123,768 adolescent girls and young women, including approximately 37% refugees or IDPs. The project aims to reach an additional 23,164 teachers (formal and non-formal), educational leaders, other education professionals, members of boys’ clubs, and community and faith leaders, 61% women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced social, cultural and economic barriers to accessing safe, secure, gender equitable and quality upper-primary, secondary and skills-based education by adolescent girls and young women, including barriers such as Sexual Gender Based Violence and SRHR that are exacerbated during crisis; and (2) improved equitable and coordinated provision of quality, gender responsive, innovative and inclusive formal and non-formal educational opportunities that promote adolescent girls' and female youth empowerment and learning in crisis situations.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 71,595 girls and young women aged 10 to 24 benefited from improved gender-responsive classroom instruction and life skills sessions on healthy lifestyles, sexual reproductive health and rights, mental health, financial literacy, and negotiation skills; (2) distributed 19 out of 40 grants in Syria, and plans are underway in Uganda to assist 105 targeted schools to address educational barriers; (3) increased knowledge and skills through gender-responsive and inclusive academic approaches and provided psychosocial support. In South Sudan, teachers showed substantial improvements from pre-training assessments. In Syria, all teachers observed showed improvement in academic practices. In Uganda, skills improved from 83% to 96%; and (4) progressed made in improving out-of-school learners' access to formal and informal learning opportunities. The project enrolled 1,407 new learners in Syria and 910 (449 women and 461 men) in Uganda. Also, 119 of 150 targeted girls in South Sudan enrolled and received scholarships. The project is on track to achieve the target of 2,160 learners.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $4,999,999
Transaction Date Type Value
12-07-2024 Disbursement $499,999
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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