Baseline Evaluation Services for Supporting the Education of Marginalised Girls in Kailali (STEM II)

Supporting the Education of Marginalized Girls in Kailali II (STEM II) seeks to empower marginalized girls in the Far Western district of Kailali to access education, safe and secure economic activities, and thrive in a supportive environment. In the district of Kailali, gender-based discriminatory practices - early marriage, dowry, seclusion/limited mobility, inequitable access to and control over economic assets and property all contribute to the marginalization of girls and results in low livelihood chances. 36% of girls aged 10-14 do not transition from primary to secondary school in the district resulting in more than 50% of girls aged 15-19 who are not enrolled in school compared to only 23% of boys and almost half (48%) married by the age of 18 and many by the age of 15. STEM II aims to improve the life chances of marginalized girls in Kailali through a series of proven interventions centered on the Theory of Change (ToC). Programme activities include: campaigning to promote girls’ education; training school teachers, school management personnel and parents; upgrading school infrastructure; offering vocational training and business start-up loans; delivering critical academic support through after school classes in English, Math, Science and project tailored life skills and sexual and reproductive health education to girls; and providing financial literacy, vocational training and employment opportunities to help girls transition from school into employment. In this context, FDM had conducted the first phase of the evaluation study i.e baseline on December 2017. FDM designed the evaluation study and produced a report based on the field findings inform Mercy Corps about the status and context of the target beneficiaries.

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