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Teachers’ and children’s experiences of gender-based violence in the school community: Midline evaluation from Sierra Leone and Cote D’ivoire

Thu, March 29, 11:30am to 1:00pm, Hilton Reforma, Floor: 4th Floor, Doña Sol

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Practitioners and researchers in the area of child development and education are increasingly calling for a multidimensional approach to address gender-based violence in schools. Existing evidence indicates the need to simultaneously build individuals’ capacity to prevent and address violence, while also challenging the root causes of violence. Save the Children’s School Me program is one example of this multidimensional approach. Implemented in 30 primary schools in Sierra Leone and 10 in Cote d’Ivoire, School Me works to challenge the unequal norms that dictate a lower social status for girls and women and normalize violence against women. Through a longitudinal mixed methods study, the School Me project is testing the hypothesis that a combination of community and school-based activities will positively transform school culture, equip school communities to prevent violence all its forms, and ultimately improve educational outcomes for girls and boys. In this presentation, we present qualitative findings from the midline evaluation describing girls’ and boys’ educational experiences together with findings from a self-administered assessment of teachers’ self-efficacy in identifying and addressing school violence. We conclude with a discussion of how these findings are being used to inform program design and implementation going forward.

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