Project profile — Promoting Greater Access to University for Girls



Overview 

CA-3-P007271001
$13,925,529
Cuso International (CA-CRA_ACR-3811116813)
2020-05-21 - 2025-12-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (100.00%)

Sector 

• Secondary Education: Secondary education (11320) (50.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Higher education (11420) (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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)

Description 

The initiative aims to improve the academic performance, leadership and self-determination of high school girls in the remote region of Benishangul-Gumuz in Ethiopia and develop their academic capacity for higher education. Project activities include: (1) increasing community and familial encouragement of girls' enrollment in formal education; (2) improving academic performance, leadership abilities and autonomy of girls; and (3) enhancing regional, zonal and district-level governance, administration and delivery of gender-equitable education for girls. The project supports the enhancement of academic, social and soft skills for adolescent girls and strengthens the capacity of teachers and educational institutions to deliver quality and gender-sensitive education. It will adopt a holistic and transformational approach to address barriers to girls’ higher education, including through community engagement.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased community and familial encouragement of girls' enrollment in formal education; (2) improved academic performance, leadership abilities and autonomy of girls; and (3) enhanced regional, zonal and district-level governance, administration and delivery of gender equitable education for girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) increased support from parents and guardians to girls aged 15 to 25 in pursuing higher education from 55% to 84%. They also provided educational materials, allowed study time, and discouraged early marriage; (2) 96% young adult women students in grades 9 to 12 completed their grades without interruption. 99% of them have higher educational aspirations, set goals, and showed improvements in academic performance, leadership abilities, and autonomy; and (3) 72 administrative representatives sustainably supported girls' education. This indicates progress in governance and administration for gender-equitable education.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $1,723,713
Planned disbursement $4,174,352
Transactions
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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