ERIC Number: ED428896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Primary Education for Girls in Malawi. CDIE Impact Evaluation.
Development Experience Clearinghouse, Arlington, VA.
The USAID/Malawi (Africa) Girls' Attainment in Basic Literacy and Education (GABLE) project emphasized girls' participation in schooling within a broader systemic effort to address efficiency and school quality in the Malawian primary education system. Important features of GABLE were a fee-waiver program for non-repeating primary girls to attract them to and keep them in school and a Social Mobilization Campaign to encourage parents and community leaders to send girls to school. In autumn 1997, a 10-person team for USAID's Center for Development Information and Evaluation examined the agency's initiatives in girls' education in Malawi. Team members consulted more than 130 documents, conducted more than 200 interviews, and made site visits to a number of communities. In evaluating the GABLE project, the team found the following achievements: (1) fee waivers have contributed to increased girls' primary enrollments and persistence; (2) GABLE budget support and conditionalities, along with other donor contributions, have fueled increased funding for education; and (3) girls' education is high on the national agenda. Shortcomings were: (1) quality improvements lag quantity increases; (2) fee waivers and scholarships increase access but may threaten quality and sustainability; (3) policy dialog has been difficult; (4) in quality of schooling, demand has outpaced supply; (5) synergistic effects and efficiencies were missed; and (6) sustainability of program efforts was not maximized. (EV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Development Experience Clearinghouse, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Malawi