Girls in Science

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Key Information

There is a global shortage of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals, particularly female professionals in Afghanistan who often have less access to secondary and higher education or the labor market. Gender differences in STEM do not start at higher education or the labor market, but secondary school. The Girls in Science project will provide innovative, 21st century science education opportunities and awareness for adolescent girls in 13 government schools (grade 7-12) of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, where there is a high number of girls’ only schools with functional science labs. In doing so, the AKDN will begin to transform the future of science education in Afghanistan by equipping Afghan teachers and students with the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to not only love to learn science, but begin to make significant progress in advancing scientific inquiry, discovery, and equitable science education for all.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Activity URL

Not applicable or unknown

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2018 - 2021


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Post-secondary
  • Secondary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education


  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • Teacher training


  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Boys in school
  • Community leaders
  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male
  • Parent-teacher associations/school management committees
  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement
  • School management committees

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents
  • Group activities with students or school-age children/adolescents


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action
  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms