Empowering girls to change their world
Launched in 2012 in partnership with BRAC Bangladesh, as English and IT for Adolescents (EITA), the project has now further developed into English and Digital for Girls' Education (EDGE), which aims to improve the life prospects of adolescent girls in socio-economically marginalised communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
The programme focused on enhancing participants’ English proficiency, digital skills and awareness of social issues. As a result, they were able to make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society. In addition, the programme aimed to improve the leadership skills of a smaller group of peer leaders drawn from the same communities of adolescent girls.
In 2015-16, British Council Nepal partnered with the US Embassy in Kathmandu and Equal Access Nepal to deliver a pilot project to adolescent girls from marginalised communities in after-school, non-formal, safe spaces in their communities. Participants developed English and digital skills using self-access learning resources installed on laptops/phablets. In addition, a series of flashcards and games developed grammar, functional language and vocabulary skills were provided to teach effectively.
The project was implemented in five different districts of Nepal, namely Kavreplanchowk, Lalitpur, Makwanpur, Gulmi and Arghakhachi.
Our vision is that adolescent girls from marginalised communities can make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute fully to the family, the economy and society.