Steps Towards Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES)

Part one of the project completed implementation in June 2021

The six-member consortium project Steps Towards Afghan Girls’ Education Success (STAGES) provides education for girls and boys through community-based education (CBE) classes, in 1,078 communities across 16 provinces.

The project establishes primary and lower secondary CBE classes and accelerated learning programme classes in remote communities. By June 2021, the project had supported 24,830 marginalised girls and it will continue to support an additional 5,640 by March 2022. Classes are complemented by additional activities including training of teachers and school management councils (school shuras), renovation of schools and classrooms, as well as the provision of school equipment, facilities, learning resources, and remedial support for struggling students.

In November 2019, STAGES added a cohort of 5,660* girls, with a specific focus on reaching some of the most marginalised in the Afghan context. This additional cohort follows the same CBE model and will close in March 2022**.

  • Establishing and supporting 1,411 CBE classes
  • Supporting students in 587 government schools through additional academic, supervisory and infrastructure support
  • Establishing and supporting peer groups in CBE communities and School Student Associations in government school communities to teach girls leadership skills
  • Training teachers in inclusive, student-centred and gender-equitable teaching methods
  • Supporting 1,995 young women to become teachers through a teaching apprenticeship programme and grants to attend Teacher Training Colleges
  • Increasing demand for and engagement in quality education within communities, particularly for girls
  • Strengthening relationships and capacity among national, provincial and district level education actors to sustain girls' education


*Numbers to be verified at baseline

**An additional year to the original cohort