Leave No Girl Behind (LNGB): TEAM Girl Malawi
Leave No Girl Behind is a seven-year multi-country DFID and USAID funded initiative aimed at supporting interventions for highly marginalised, adolescent girls who have never attended or have dropped out of school.
In Malawi, the initiative, named ‘TEAM Girl Malawi’, is led by Link Community Development and works with girls aged 14-19 years to provide an accelerated literacy, numeracy and life skills, approved by the Ministry of Education, followed by a choice of vocational or academic pathways.
As part of the project, CGA developed the Team Girl Beneficiary Monitoring System, a tablet-based app to capture pupil enrolment and monitor each girls’ daily attendance. Automated alerts are then sent to relevant partners and staff, who can monitor changes or low attendance levels, with a subsequent online log of follow up actions to support each person. CGA also developed the app for Safeguarding reporting. Data is collated on the https://malawi-education.info/ site providing real-time information about Malawi schools.
The data collected will also be used to enable adaptive management techniques, such as automated analysis of participation, academic progress and transition, and how this correlates to each girls’ circumstances so programme delivery can be tailored accordingly. The comprehensiveness of the data assisted in reaching the learners during school closures to provide cash transfers.
The project works in 40 communities in Dedza, Mchinji and Lilongwe urban districts in Malawi’s Central Region. To date 5,237 out of school children have enrolled on the programme, of which 4,373 are girls (84%) and are 864 boys (16%). At enrolment, 3,739 (71%) are orphans, 1,242 girls (28%) are married and 8% are pregnant, while 1,388 (32%) have already become mothers. 550 reported learning or physical disabilities.