Providing New Opportunities to Adolescent Girls in Socially Conservative Settings: The Ishraq Program in Rural Upper Egypt

Out-of-school girls are among the most disadvantaged adolescents in rural Upper Egypt. Compared with girls attending school, they are more likely to be engaged in poorly paid farm work, more likely to be married early, and at greater risk for early childbearing and poor pregnancy outcomes. To respond to their situation, the Ishraq program was designed: a holistic intervention to address the unmet needs of out-of-school adolescent girls. The pilot phase of Ishraq was launched in four rural villages of one of the country's poorest regions through the partnership of Caritas, the Center for Development and Population Activities, the Population Council, and Save the Children. This research report provides data from the baseline and endline surveys conducted during the pilot.

Brady et al (2007)Mixed.RCT.Literacy classes, life skills and reproductive health education, sports and livelihood training.Improved academic skills, significantly increased middle school enrollment and decreased preferences for early marriage.http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/IshraqFullReport.pdfWomen 13-15 years old who are out-of-school.