The Advancement Of Girls Education Scholarship Fund, Inc.
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6612 Kennedy Drive Chevy Chase MD 20815 USA
To provide life-changing opportunities for young women in malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring and leadership development.
Program development and monitoring and evaluation - in 2014, age africa implemented its newly developed m&e strategy, and began collecting regular quantitative and qualitative data throughout the school year in preparation for our first evaluation. Expenditures in this category also reflect the percentage of staff salaries and other staff costs related to program research and development associated with the expansion of the chats curriculum, as well as age africa's partnerships with the ministry of education, and the clinton global initiative's charge commitment. This included age africa's staff participation in regular national and district-level technical working groups to coordinate ngo efforts and strategies in education, and health. It also included co-hosting important sector-wide events, like the 2014 international day of the girl event. The balance of funds in this category support international travel related to program development and monitoring and evaluation that allow age africa's leadership to work together on the strategic direction of the organization.
scholarships and mentoring - annually age africa supports comprehensive scholarships for girls, combined with academic tutoring, and an extracurricular mentoring program (chats), designed to combat the multiple causes of girls' dropout, and improve girls' post-secondary outcomes. In 2014 age africa's scholarship and mentoring programs supported 150 comprehensive scholarships for needy girls to ten public secondary schools across three districts in malawi's southern region. Additionally, age africa's scholars receive academic support (tutoring) throughout the school year, and attend an annual week-long girl empowerment retreat where they engage in intensive life skills, and leadership workshops and cultivate important peer communities of support. Whereas less than 7% of malawian women hold a high school diploma, nearly 90% of age africa scholars complete four years of high school, and 64% go on to pursue tertiary education.
chats (creating healthy approaches to success) - is age africa's flagship extracurricular program that provides sexual and reproductive health education, gender based violence awareness and prevention, gender rights education, career guidance and leadership development training to help improve health and academic outcomes for girls. In 2014 age africa worked closely with the malawi ministry of education, science and technology to implement chats at 6 rural government day schools in zomba and machinga districts serving approximately 400 girls throughout the year.
tertiary transitions programming - which supports new graduates by providing one-on-one career counseling, application support to tertiary education, private entrance exam coaching to university and teacher training college, as well as full and partial scholarships to attend higher education or vocational training programs. In 2014 age africa's tertiary transitions program also supported a 3-day alumnae reunion that gathers graduated scholarship recipients to re-kindle networks, receive training in marketable business skills, and provide practical resources to improve life outcomes in their home communities. In the prior year, this program was called program delivery post graduation.
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