The partnership will improve learning outcomes and increase the percentage share of girls in Bangladesh that complete a primary education and transition to a secondary education. Through strengthening learning opportunities for girls, the ambition is to reduce child marriages in the targeted areas.

  • Where
    Jamalpur , Bangladesh
  • Focus area
  • Duration
    To be defined as part of the start-up workshop
  • Economy
    15 million DKK
Prime partner: Save the Children

The problem

Despite signs of progress, Bangladesh continues to have one of the highest child marriage rates worldwide and the highest rate of marriage involving girls under 15. 52% of girls are married by their 18th birthday, and 18% by the age of 15. In rural areas child marriage is even more prevalent with 71% of girls getting married before the age of 18.

Evidence from other programs in Bangladesh shows that by educating girls, building their skills for modern livelihoods, and engaging with their communities the likelihood of child marriage can be reduced by one-third and produce better health, educational, and social outcomes for girls. A delayed marriage greatly improves a girl’s chances for a healthy, happy, productive life but also her children, family, community, and country experience better health, economic, and social outcomes.

However, far too many girls never attain a quality education either because they drop-out of school or because of poor learning outcomes. According to the 2016 Annual Primary School Survey, 21% of girls dropped out of primary school in the targeted districts of Jamalpur, whereas in Kurigram the drop-out rate was 29.6%. And for those girls that do enrol in secondary school, data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information & Statistics shows that generally 42.19% girls drop-out within first year of enrolment.

Our approach

The exact interventions will be agreed upon following a start-up workshop in Q4 2018 but will include the development of a virtual platform to provide e-learning in Bangla, English and Math. School classes will be able to access the platform through tablets and include a module that allow girls to interact with their peers countrywide and globally.

At the community level, outside school settings, girls will be able to engage in discussions and share their experiences, particularly from their participation in the virtual networks. Other elements of the project are expected to be training of volunteers to support use of tablets and facilitate discussions, establishment of girls’ groups for studying and interacting with each other in person as well as building capacity of parents and teachers.