Keeping Girls at School Project

Keeping Girls at School Project

Breaking Education Barriers Faced by Girls

Despite their potential for success, many girls face barriers that inhibt their ability to stay in school and become leaders. Gender-related challenges such as household responsibilities, social norms, and sexual and reproductive health can cause girls to drop out of school. 

The Keeping Girls at School (KGAS) Project aims to reduce the number of girls that drop out of secondary school and increase the transition rates girls from lower to upper secondary education. In order to achieve this goal, CARE Rwanda works through four main interventions:

  1. Establishing or supporting Girl Clubs (GCs) 
  2. Training teachers to provide life skills and counseling as mentors
  3. Developing VSL groups and income generating activities 
  4. Using CSC to involve girl students, teachers, and the school community in assessing quality, accessibility, and use of social services. 

KGAS also uses the CSC to enable girls to assess the quality of services within their own school environment. 478 girls have been trained as trainers for club members and facilitate a School Score Card process. Local leaders are engaged in interface meetings to respond to the CSC findings. Through these four interventions, the KGAS project gives girls the confidence to raise their concerns, discuss challenges, and influence school practices.

They become economically empowered and can meet the financial and material basic requirements to stay in school, making the school environment more positive and inclusive. Overall, the KGAS project creates a holisitic approach to addressing the challenges girls face in accessing education.

The KGAS project is implemented in 3 districts of Rwanda's Southern Province, targeting 30 schools to create a positive school experience for 5,000 school-aged girls.  

Documentation:

For further information, please see the attached document. To learn more about the models used for this project, please see the Models page.

Project Achievements

Giselle is a student in S3 (Secondary School, Level 3) in Nyaruguru District. She explains the different ways KGAS has helped her and her family.

"KGAS has really helped me. Last Christmas, my father died, and January is the start of the new school year. At that time, my mother had no money for school. I have 4 siblings and we are all in school. We had no school uniforms and no school materials for the starting year.

"I went to the club and borrowed 50,000 RWF for my school materials and uniform and those of my siblings. I am slowly paying it back.

If it was not for KGAS, I would have left school and my siblings would have too, as we had no one else to provide for us. Many things changed because of KGAS. I was not coming to school when I had my period, I was afraid of staining my skirt and other students laughing at me. My club helped me to buy sanitary pads. They contribute and buy sanitary pads for all the poor girls. Thanks to that, I'm not absent from school anymore."

This is just one of many real-life stories of how KGAS has made an impact in Rwanda.

Project Info

  • Start Date: 2013 July
  • Donor: DFID & MINEDUC
  • Program: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program
  • District: Gisagara, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru
  • Number of beneficiaries: 6,178
  • Partners: AEE, YWCA, ARCT-Ruhuka

Models

Models used:

  • VSL Model
  • Community Score Card Model