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The Ishraq Program for Out-of-School Girls: From Pilot to Scale-Up

Lab Area: Girls' Education & Empowerment

Region: Africa

Categories: Community Engagement, Gender Norms and Positive Youth Development

Ishraq is a holistic program for out-of-school, Egyptian girls aged 12–15 years old. In collaboration with the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Save the Children, Caritas, and local NGOs, Ishraq combines literacy training, life skills, and nutrition and health education with sports and financial education. The program establishes girl-friendly “safe spaces” where girls can gather, make friends, and learn from female high school graduates from their communities. Evaluation of the program has shown that it had a remarkable positive effect on participants and communities.

Source: Population Council