8.3 Empowering Adolescent Girls through Life Skills Based Education in Pakistan

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SpeakerName: Ms. Neha Mankani, Manager, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Aahung, Pakistan

Description: This presentation shared the innovations, lessons learned, impact and sustainability of LSBE on girls and their environment, which include the following: (1) Aahung’s LSBE Curriculum has been bifurcated into two levels of implementation to make it more acceptable; (2) Working with charter schools has proven to be an effective strategy; (3) Implementing extracurricular activities has received a positive response; (4) The potential of social media in providing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) awareness on a larger scale is recognized; (5) Through several years of working with school administration and staff, Aahung has developed a model for sustainability of its LSBE programs which has resulted in more than 70% of Aahung’s school partners taking independent ownership of its LSBE modules; and (6) This program is also financially sustainable as the integration and implementation of the curriculum is very inexpensive for schools once the human resource investment has been put into training during the life of the program (running the program costs approximately $2.25 per student per year).