Supporting Adolescent Girls Education“If girls regularly attend accessible, community-based learning sessions, staffed by well-trained and supportive Community Educators (CEs), they will attain desired learning outcomes. Girls’ acquisition of life skills and improved self-efficacy and confidence will also in turn contribute to and support their learning.”
The SAGE (Supporting Adolescent Girls Education) Project is a comprehensive initiative to ensure that 21,780 highly marginalised OOS (out-of-school) adolescent girls aged 10-19 have improved learning outcomes and can transition to education, training or employment. Working across 11 districts of Zimbabwe, a consortium of diverse partners led by Plan International UK including faith-based, academic and private sector actors will focus on providing high-quality, accelerated, non-formal education in 132 accessible, girl-friendly Community-Based Learning Hubs (CBLHs).
The SAGE Project will target communities where girls face a number of complex and inter-dependent barriers to accessing education. These include Apostolic Christian communities; remote, rural areas; peri-urban informal settlements; and communities with high levels of economic migration, where absent parents have left children unsupported. Already economically precarious, these communities have been particularly impacted by Zimbabwe’s protracted economic crisis, with visible impacts on girls’ access to education.
The project aims to ensure sustainable and transformative change by mobilising boys and the wider community to adopt more positive and inclusive gender attitudes to support and protect girls through the Champions of Change (CoC) model. The integration of a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and business skills training component will ensure adolescent girls and their families acquire skills, and have increased access to financial resources, to pursue their chosen transition routes. The project will also form strong and active partnerships with government authorities to advocate for more inclusive, gender-responsive education policies and the further uptake of the SAGE model.
Our role on sage
Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust (AWET) in partnership with UK aid , CMB , Econet and Plan international are working together in the apostolic sect to encourage apostolic women to to back to school providing second chance to education to those who were married young and those who can not afford to go back to school.
AWET will be operating in Manicaland province , this will cover areas such as Mutasa ,Mutare and Chimanimani. The program will also run minimum of 6 years