Strengthening Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education

Project Duration

2013 - 2015

Project Funder

MacArthur Foundation

Project Countries


Project issues/theme

Adolescents and Youth, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Lead Project Partners

Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

ICRW Project Director

Ann Warner, Kirsten Stoebenau, Jeff Edmeades


The project aims to contribute to the formulation of improved programs and policies in the West Nile region of northwestern Uganda by improving the knowledge base on the factors contributing to girls’ school drop-out. More specifically, the project aims to:

1. Provide a robust quantitative assessment of the determinants of school dropout among girls of reproductive age, with a focus on pregnancy and other conflict-related determinants; and

2. Foster a deeper understanding of the social norms and contextual factors that jointly influence both school and pregnancy-related outcomes through qualitative research approaches

The new evidence generated from this project will elucidate the linkages between educational attainment, early pregnancy, and child marriage and in so doing will inform program and policy needs concerning educational retention and re-entry programs for pregnant girls.