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Component 2: More Equitable School Access

Student Council Group

In order to increase access to basic education services for underserved children, a combination of scholarships, school latrines and safe water, and other enrollment boosting activities mediated by school improvement grants will be addressed by Component 2. The component is responsible for work in two areas to ensure more equitable access for the most vulnerable: (i) scholarship programming and (ii) provision of discretionary school improvement grants that are programmed by stakeholders.

The coordination of needs-based scholarships to vulnerable children at both the primary and secondary level is done by local NGO partners in close collaboration with school and community. The Local Scholarship Management Committees which are comprised of the school director, community members cluster school directors and at least one female teacher have the responsibility for administration of the scholarship program at local level. At primary level, support will be provided in an equal ration for boys/girls, with a focus on upper primary in order to boost transition from Grade 6 to 7. Scholarship support at the secondary level is provided in a 70/30 ration for girls and boys. Both of these ratios are based on previous programming.

Discretionary school grants provision is based on needs-based planning documents developed by local stakeholders. Local Working Groups (LWGs), including representation from school administrators, teachers, communities and children, develop annual school improvement plans using variable Activity Menus. The school grants are supplemented by centrally administered grants that require central procurement for school improvement such as drilling of wells, construction of water systems, general infrastructure and the set up of IT and science labs.  This process is characterized by a well-documented stakeholder-driven approach to school improvement planning, capacity building at key stages, engagement of local government and monitoring for governance/transparency.