The Impact of Educational Support to Highly Vulnerable Girls in Addis Ababa: The Case of Yekokeb Berhan Program

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Addis Ababa University


The main purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the education services provided by Yekokeb Berhan program improve the education of targeted vulnerable girls and to identify the likely lessons that could be learned from the program to effectively address education of girls. The study was conducted in Addis Ababa, one of the nine regions and two city administrations targeted by the program. The study used mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods. Out of 449,760 HVC (50.4% girls) who got education support by the program, 276,097 HVC (50.3% girls) are attending primary school (1-8 grades) nationally. The Average academic score of two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) were collected and analyzed from randomly selected 76 girls (grades 5-8) from different schools in Addis Ababa. Interviews were conducted with program staff, government representatives, girls and their parents and FGDs were also conducted with volunteers. Moreover, important program documents such as annual progress reports, guidelines and manuals were also reviewed. The two years average score of the sample 76 girls was 68.4% which is 18.4 points above the minimum pass mark, that is (50%) with a promotion rate of 95.5%. The major findings of this study revealed that the targeted children, particularly girls have shown significant improvements in their attendance, performance and retention, which implies that Yekokeb Berhan program was effective in the educational support of the targeted vulnerable girls. Hence, it is essential to scale up similar programs. Schools, the community, Education offices at all levels and other key stakeholders should take the lessons learned from this program and support the education of highly vulnerable and excluded children



Highly ;Vulnerable ;Girls