Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
Quantitative: The results of those who participated in the program for academic year 2011/2012: 0% dropped out of high school while they were in the program, 100% completed the program and 95% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. The for the academic year 2012/13 are: 3% did not complete high school, 90% completed the program and 87% went on to continue their education in universities or institutes. We are currently in year three with 270 participants. We plan to keep the number at 270 until end of 2016 in hopes of excellent results as an incentive for the government to adopt this project nationwide.
Qualitative: the program participants have shown an improved mood, more confidence and a desire to help others. We have been pleasantly surprised that many of those who have graduated the program come back as volunteers.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
• Financial barrier: possibility of not finding a sponsor to financially fund the program. Due to our organizations excellent reputation and strong network over the course of the past 50 years, finding a replacement would not be too difficult.
• Service barrier: possibility of trainers not being able to attend the classes. We have a database that we refer to when such situations take place. We are also continuously increasing our database in this regard.
• Attendance barrier: possibility of students dropping out of the program. There is a very long wait list of students who would love to join the program; therefore, if one drops out her spot can easily be replaced.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
This year, the number of our students has tripled. We are spread out into three entirely different geographic locations serving students that come from low income families. We plan to follow all 270 girls over the next 5 years to measure the impact of the program. We hope that the program is adopted by the ministry of education and becomes available to all girls in need.