Evaluation of Life Skills Curriculum

  • R Research Project/Report/Study

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Key Information

This evaluation focuses on Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP), a program that has supported more than 95,000 girls in nine countries. GEP is built around a life skills curriculum that begins in grade six and has been developed with attention to the skills and attitudes girls need to unlock their potential, achieve their personal and community goals, and make informed choices about their lives. The curriculum is implemented in school by a “social mobilizer” (SM), typically a young woman from the area, who conducts activities with enrolled girls, including life skills classes, and acts as a mentor and female role model. Relative to the educational timeline, GEP serves girls who have already completed the transition to lower secondary school, and normally continues to serve them until they complete secondary school; however, this evaluation had a two-year time horizon, evaluating the intervention delivered to girls in grades six and seven. As such, the evaluation is not structured to examine longer-term impacts on outcomes such as secondary school completion that are explicit GEP goals or to capture changes in outcomes that take time to accumulate.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2016 -


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Ministry Affiliation



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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Mentorship
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


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School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

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Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Financial literacy training


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being