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Siyani Sahelian/wise friends: 2nd chance program for out of school adolescent girls in Pakistan

place Pakistan

Advancing Action for Adolescent Girls (A3G)

The innovative accelerated solution supports flexible catch up education options with life skills (9 modules) & certified TEVT skills for highly vulnerable adolescent girls (aged 9-19) in rural areas and urban slums of Pakistan. The program combines formal/non-formal basic education, Edtech skills, transitions and where appropriate mainstreaming of OOS girls into formal schools.

HundrED 2023


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HundrED Global Collection 2023

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June 2022
What an inspirational program! Committed teachers and visionary leadership combine to create an environment where girls want to learn and believe they can achieve anything.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

In Pakistan millions of adolescent girls (9-19 years) are deprived of education, learning, skills, voice, rights, and confidence; they are used as collateral in patriarchal and feudal communities for early child marriages and domestic labor; these are the target group by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) to address gender equality through education, skills and empowerment.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

“SS-Advancing Action for Adolescent Girls” offers flexible schooling options for catch up TARL foundational learning, second chance basic education (grades 5-10), life skills and TEVT for vulnerable and disadvantaged adolescent girls (aged 9-19). The girls identified are drop outs from schools over 6 to 24 months and/or never enrolled who can complete primary, middle and grade 10 level with life skills and EdTech. The magic of SS is its speed of achieving learning milestones with agency for all cohorts in 6 -18 months! For girls never enrolled in schools, the project offers a 60-90-day TARL program or “Chalo Parho Barho”, or “Let us read and grow”, providing bursts of remedial learning in foundational literacy and numeracy; for girls who dropped out of school in the past two years or less, the program provides opportunities for completely primary, middle/secondary grades. For 14 years + TEVT is offered with Life skills and digital learning/financial inclusion.

How has it been spreading?

The program has completed 3 phases with 50,000 adolescent girls (2018-2022) meeting with absolute success in 3 districts of South Punjab (Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Rahim yar Khan) and Lahore supported by FCDO and School Education Dept. (SED). It has been evaluated externally (one completed and one near completion) revealing the power of non-cognitive life skills for vulnerable young girls/women as triggers for academic achievement. 9000 adolescent girls have completed certified TEVT in traditional and non-traditional digital skills courses.
The project has successfully mainstreamed 13000+ OOS girls, into formal schools (Grades 6-9). The girls appeared in the official board examinations (administered by the government) and as many as 92% of them cleared the exams.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Our learning solution comprises of 3 strands of empowerment; Remedial Learning (, TVET ( & LSBE ( .
We have an in-house training team, who can give orientation on the program toolkit and activities. They can be reached out at

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

With the tenacity and commitment of this organizing group and leaders there is no doubt that this program will spread near and far throughout the country. There commitment to improving education for all is contagious and will impact and influence.

This innovation addresses gender equality through education, skills and empowerment. By providing flexible schooling options and by using learning milestones, girls in Pakistan get the opportunity to learn fundamental literacy and numeracy.

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