Out-of-school girls are among the most disadvantaged adolescents in rural Upper Egypt. Compared with girls attending school, they are more likely to be engaged in poorly paid farm work, more likely to be married early, and at greater risk for early childbearing and poor pregnancy outcomes. To respond to their situation, through the partnership of Caritas, the Center for Development and Population Activities, the Population Council, and Save the Children, the Ishraq program was designed: a holistic intervention to address the unmet needs of out-of-school adolescent girls. The pilot phase of Ishraq was launched in four rural villages of one of the country’s poorest regions. This report highlights the challenges and successes of the pilot phase.
Brady, Martha, Ragui Assaad, Barbara L. Ibrahim, Abeer Salem, Rania Salem, and Nadia Zibani. 2006. "Providing new opportunities to adolescent girls in socially conservative settings: The Ishraq program in rural Upper Egypt." New York: Population Council.
Ishraq: Bringing Marginalized Rural Girls into Safe Learning Spaces in Rural Upper Egypt