What sharable results does Women Work Together have?
Success rate for girls staying in school during 2013:
- 93.7% rate for remaining in school from the start of classes to the end.
- We encountered a few cases wherein girls wanted to dropout, but through ADIMTU staff’s personal outreach efforts and home visits, the girls remained in school!
Significant changes in girls’ responses between February 2013 and September 2013:
- Previously girls reported they felt uncomfortable with male teachers. In response, ADIMTU swapped instructors, and the girls now report near total trust with the teachers currently in charge of Women Work Together projects.
- Without exceptions, girls report that they now talk excitedly with their families about the Family Reading Time and My Little Sister projects. They explained that they do not discuss The Life of my Mother with male family members because that would be a breach of trust.
- The most commonly offered change to the project that girls offered during a brainstorming session: Get more classmates involved! Our girls wanted more girls to have the Leadership Institute opportunities that they have. We listened, and now we’re expanding our projects throughout the schools and focusing the program on local communities so that more family members can participate regularly.
The girls were asked to auto-evaluate themselves privately on cards regarding the changes they experienced over the course of the 2013 school year. These were their responses:
- Girls in the Life of my Mother project, in which girls interviewed and wrote a book about their mothers in order to practice their writing skills and to learn about changing community gender roles, reported that at the start of the 2013 school year they considered themselves to have an average of 5.73 on a scale of 1 to 10 as their feeling of strength of the relationship with their mothers. At the end of the year, girls now feel that they have a 9.46 out of 10. The average amount of change during the school year for each girl was 4.08.
- Regarding the Family Reading Hour, in which girls take books home and read aloud to family members, they reported an average of 5.61 in their interest in reading at the start of the year and 9.23 at the end, with an average change of 3.67. They scored themselves on average as 5.77 in their confidence to read out loud before the project and 8.94 afterwards, with a change of 3.19.
- Finally, girls who participated in the My Little Sister project, in which our girls tutor a 2nd or 3rd grader in need of academic support, rated their little sister as 5.73 on average for her academic abilities at the start of the year and 9.46 at the end, with an average change of 4.08.
Projected numbers for the 2014 school year:
- Shift from pilot projects in classrooms in 15 schools to a full coverage of all girls in all 3 grades in 13 middle schools.
- Increase from 170 2nd and 3rd grade “little sisters” to 200 girls.
- Increase from 2 to 4 monthly in-school visits by ADIMTU staff.