Youth-led Monitoring and Evaluation of Non-formal Education Programmes

Implemented in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, the ‘Breaking the Poverty Cycle of Women’ pilot project aims at empowering out-of-school adolescent girls, the most marginalized group of poor rural populations, to become agents of social transformation in their communities. The project comprises literacy and basic education, skills training, health and legal education, vocational training and micro-finance.

In line with UNESCO’s strategy of action with and for young people, four local youth organizations are charged with monitoring and evaluating the complexities of ‘empowerment’ processes in the project context and play an active role as partners in this initiative. By using an innovative approach, i.e. Peer-Group Monitoring and Evaluation, UNESCO hopes to gain a better understanding of the real needs and aspirations of out-of-school adolescent girls while at the same time strengthening the skills and expertise of youth NGOs active in the field.

Based on this experience, UNESCO is currently developing policy guidelines on peer-group monitoring and evaluation as well as a youth-specific toolkit helping youth organizations willing to apply this approach in their communities.

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