Empowering Marginalised Girls

By building basic literacy and numeracy skills and supporting girls’ transition into further education, training or employment.

TEAM Girl Malawi (Transformational Empowerment of Adolescent Marginalised Girls in Malawi) will reach some of the most marginalised adolescent girls in Malawi by creating community learning centres, building sexual and reproductive health knowledge, strengthening family and community support, improving child protection and education systems, and giving girls and their families skills to earn. 

Key facts

6,000
previously out-of-school girls will be reached
40
community learning centres across three districts
40
Girls’ Clubs established
175
facilitators trained in teaching literacy and maths as well as sexual health and resilience

How we are making a difference

This project will balance meeting the urgent needs of girls with addressing the systemic barriers preventing their access to education, particularly those created by gender, disability and power inequalities.

In community-based classes these out-of-school girls will learn basic literacy, numeracy and life skills. Girls’ Clubs will impart sexual and reproductive health knowledge, and develop resilience and self-esteem.

Improved school leadership will make schools safer, more inclusive spaces, and community engagement will raise aspirations for marginalised girls while protecting them from abuse and child marriage.

Our holistic support will empower girls to choose their own pathway into mainstream education, vocational training or employment. By working through local government and in partnership with communities, these changes will be sustained in the long term.

46%
of the first cohort of enrolled girls are primary caregivers for children
34%
of the first cohort of enrolled girls have a functional disability
27%
of enrolled girls felt mainstream school was not safe for them
80%
of enrolled girls aged 10-18 could not read a single word in a short passage at the start of the project

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