This report describes findings of changes over time attributable to the “Keeping Girls in Schools” study in Bangladesh that implemented skill-building activities for a two-year period in the districts of Chapainawabganj, Kushtia, and Sherpur. The project sought to bring about change in child marriage norms prevalent in the area by offering young girls a safe place to meet after school hours with mentors and teachers and to offer girls tutoring support and life-skills. The project was implemented by the Population Council with the cooperation of secondary schools in the community and was supported by UNICEF under the aegis of the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to End Child Marriage. The intervention targeted marginalized adolescent girls who had dropped out of school and girls who were underperforming at school which put them at higher risk of child marriage. The intervention provided tutoring support in math and English, skill-building, and life-skills awareness sessions. The project engaged female mentors from the community who led girls’ groups at the sessions, and liaised with teachers, school management committees, and the community at large.
Ainul, Sigma, Forhana Rahman Noor, Md. Irfan Hossain, Iqbal Ehsan, Mehnaz Manzur, Ubaidur Rob, and Sajeda Amin. 2022. "Keeping girls in schools to reduce child marriage in rural Bangladesh: Endline assessment." Dhaka: Population Council.
BALIKA (Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents)