Girls' Accelerated Learning Initiative in Liberia

  • P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

The project will take place in Bomi, Grand Basa and Margibi counties. 60 million girls will invest $100,000 to support the scale-up of the program over a one-year period. CODE will select teachers who will participate in the program from cohorts already trained in effective, interactive pedagogy, as part of Reading Liberia, to ensure that girls participating in the GALI will receive the best possible support. The project will accelerate girls’ transition to an age-appropriate grade level. To support this transition, girls will be equipped with advanced, meaningful literacy skills. The program will motivate girls to remain in school due to increased self-esteem, knowledge and empowerment. Girls will develop improved hygiene and sexual and reproductive health practices. Over the long term, knowledge and practices will transfer from students and teachers to families and communities. Ultimately, the girls will be empowered with a higher level of education and important health knowledge that will: support ongoing academic pursuits; equip them with skills for future employment; and provide them with advanced literacy skills (problem solving and comprehension) so that they can make reasoned, more informed choices for themselves and their families.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2018 -



Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

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Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Vocational training


  • School quality


  • Literacy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Other
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school)



School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female

Participants include

  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula
  • Remedial education/skills

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power
  • Negotiation skills
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Menstrual hygiene management

  • Educating girls about menstruation
  • Raising awareness about menstruation (beyond just girls)

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Teachers as mentors

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom
  • Tutoring - general

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased primary school completion
  • Increased progression to secondary school
  • Increased years of schooling
  • Reduced grade repetition

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage