Second chance education

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The second chance education programme was focused on providing a safe space within the community environment where young women, girls and adult women alike could express themselves through creative activities and develop basic literacy and numeracy skills using contextually-relevant materials. Beyond the scope of the basic literacy and numeracy skills, the second chance education programme encompassed vocational skills, life skills, Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL), psychoeducation, sessions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as sporting activities. The assumption was that through the varied activities, beneficiaries would learn how to communicate effectively, participate in activities that engage them mentally and physically, force them to think critically and solve problems, build their resilience through self-care and psychological wellbeing, improve self-awareness and assertiveness, and ultimately build their confidence.

To achieve this, a comprehensive curriculum was developed to guide the implementation of the various components of the second chance education. As part of the evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme, Neem Foundation developed tailored evaluation tools to assess improvements in the numeracy and literacy abilities of beneficiaries.