Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER)

IRC’s Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER) project will target up to 32,500 of Sierra Leone’s most marginalised, adolescent girls. This will include girls who are pregnant or young mothers, girls who are married, those who have been affected by Ebola, those affected by violence, and those who are engaged in income-generating activities and/or cannot afford the cost of schooling.

The project will support girls in three cohorts which will include those who have never been to school or who have dropped out early, with a specific focus on girls with disabilities. EAGER aims to improve learning and support girls to transition primarily to vocational and professional training, self-employment or other employment, and where feasible, formal/non-formal education.


  • Delivering an 11-month learning programme which will include nine months of literacy and numeracy classes and life skills classes, followed by two months of business skills classes.
  • Establishing safe spaces where girls can learn, facilitated by mentors and teachers from the community.
  • Developing transition plans through one-to-one mentoring. This will include guidance to create a market-driven business plan, links to local markets and/or the provision of start-up/growth grants.
  • Supporting the Government of Sierra Leone to achieve their strategic outcomes for increased literacy for out-of-school youth and engage the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in developing the first approved basic literacy and numeracy curriculum for out-of-school adolescent girls.
  • Holding monthly and quarterly community discussions respectively at the village and chiefdom-level, and broadcasting radio-dramas/discussions to raise and address common barriers through discussion and dialogue.

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*Number subject to adjustment following identification of beneficiaries