The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) is a program for girls ages 10–19 in rural and urban Zambia that aims to find the best ways to improve their social, health, and economic resources. The program involves over 10,000 girls participating in weekly girls’ group meetings, receiving health vouchers, and opening savings accounts. Over 5,000 girls, unmarried at baseline, are enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial and are being followed over four years—including the two years of the program and two years after. This brief describes the characteristics of these girls at baseline. Of the girls who are currently in school, over three-quarters are at least one year behind relative to their age. Overall levels of literacy are quite low, with less than one-third of younger girls and about half of older girls being able to read.
"Education, numeracy, and literacy: Baseline findings," AGEP brief. Lusaka: Population Council, 2015.
Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program