Zambian adolescent girls are at risk for premature school leaving and HIV infection due to a host of contextual factors including child marriage, early childbearing, harmful gender norms, and intimate partner violence. This report describes the GirlsRead! program, whose overall goal is to enhance learning and increase progression to secondary school among Zambian adolescent girls in grade 7, the last year of primary school. Through GirlsRead!, the Population Council, together with FAWEZA and Worldreader are aiming to improve school retention by bolstering girls’ learning outcomes, furthering social connections, improving critical thinking skills, increasing agency, and fostering community norms supportive of girls’ schooling. This curriculum guide will help mentors gain a strong general sense of the sessions and books that will be covered throughout the program, and an idea of where to find answers to any questions that participants may ask.
Hachonda Jackson, Natalie, Nicole Haberland, Abdul-Kahad Alhassan, Beatrice Ani-Asamoah, Pamela Nyirenda, and Barbara Mensch. 2018. "GirlsRead! E-Reader Curriculum." New York: Population Council.
GirlsRead! Developing Evidence-Based Approaches to Keep Girls in School