Valorisation de la Scolarisation de la Fille "VAS-Y Fille!" (2013-2016)

The Center for International Education (CIE) assisted by the Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently providing evaluation services for the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) project to increase girls’ access to education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The IRC, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services are working as a consortium to implement the project in DRC (in Bandudu, Equateur, Katanga, Kasai Oriental, and Orientale provinces) over two years. Bjorn Nordtveit is the Prinicipal Investigator (PI) and Jennifer Randall is the Co-PI for the project which began in the summer of 2013.

 

The main goal of the VAS-Y Fille! project is to enroll and retain 56,000 girls in primary and early secondary school through a holistic program of economic support to families, quality teaching and learning activities, community involvement in education and accelerated learning programs. VAS-Y Fille! hypothesizes that the combination of multiple interventions focused on overcoming supply- and demand-side barriers to girls’ education will lead to better learning, retention and completion rates for girls. As a result, it is believed that girls will progress more efficiently through the school system; these additional years of schooling and increased knowledge will enable them to complete a full cycle of primary school and effectively delay marriage. Economic support to families and quality teaching and learning activities in schools will be the focus of the evaluation.

 

Maguette Diame, a current doctoral student in CIE, has spent the last two summers working with local research assistants who have been collecting data in five provinces in Easteran Congo.

 

UMass is working with an IRC research, monitoring, and evaluation team based throughout VAS-Y Fille! Provinces and is providing support in design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative baseline, midline and endline evaluation studies. Some of this work is being done in Kinshasa, DRC, by providing training and implementation support to the IRC research, monitoring, and evaluation team.

 

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