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17,200 Tanzanian girls have participated in GLAMI mentoring programs since launching in 2010, including the 8,530 Scholars most recently enrolled in 2023.

More Confident

96% of Kisa alumnae surveyed in 2022 reported actively
seeking leadership opportunities.

More Resilient

In 2022, 94% of graduating Kisa Scholars reported that they had the skills to overcome their difficulties, and 87% said that challenges made them stronger.

More Prepared

100% of 2022 Kisa graduates said they planned to attend university. Alongside their studies, scholars also plan to start their businesses, do community projects, or find employment.

For more information, visit the GLAMI website for recent Kisa Project and Binti Shupavu Impact Reports.

Increasing Girls’ Agency

The success of the Binti Shupavu and Kisa Project mentoring programs have also been documented in a third party longitudinal research study tracking the impact of programs like these on girls’ agency, conducted by AMPLIFY Girls. They found that Binti Shupavu (raw results) helps girls develop the life skills they need to survive in school and beyond, at statistically significant levels when it comes to self-esteem, empowerment, volunteerism, public speaking, conflict resolution and self-awareness. Similarly, a longitudinal study of Kisa Project (raw results) has demonstrated that this program has a positive impact on school-aged girls by increasing their agency and sense of empowerment, improving their leadership skills, and increasing their self-efficacy, self-esteem, and positive gender attitudes, all at statistically significant levels.

GLAMI Randomized Control Trial Underway in Morogoro

In 2023, GLAMI programming expanded to the Morogoro region of Tanzania. In Morogoro, secondary school completion rates are low; only 0.2% of girls complete lower secondary compared to 1.2% of boys.

This programmatic expansion to Morogoro was coupled with a pathbreaking four-year randomized control study that will follow girls who progress through Binti Shupavu vs. those who do not. Designed and measured by AMPLIFY Girls, the study will seek to demonstrate the effect of this program on girls’ agency, the effect of agency on girls’ academic retention and achievement, and shine a light on the practices and program components that contribute to girls’ agency.

Daring Girls works with local partners to measure the impact of mentoring programs. This is what is measured:

Taken at baseline, endline, and again years after the program has ended, Scholar Surveys provide a variety of qualitative and quantitative indicators. Scholars rate their own confidence and leadership skills and share steps they’ve taken, such as leading a group or organization, or finding a job. A strong and growing alumnae network enables continued surveying of former Scholars for years after they have left these programs. This data helps to illustrate long-term impact.

Taken at baseline and endline, the Resilience Competencies Scale was developed by Dr. Robert Henley, a clinical psychologist, to quantitatively measure resilience in adolescents. Scholars rate their level of agreement with a variety of statements regarding their confidence, community network, ability to problem-solve, and more. An aggregated score demonstrates their level of resiliency.

Parent Surveys are conducted with parents of Binti Shupavu Scholars at baseline and endline. One of the primary aims of Binti Shupavu is to change parental attitudes towards girls’ education, so parents are asked their opinion about a variety of contributing factors, including how they feel about educating their sons vs educating their daughters.

National exam data is compared to Scholar exam results to determine their performance compared to their peers, both in general and within their schools. Exam results determine a student’s eligibility to move on to further education, and are thus vital to Scholars’ success.

During Most Significant Change Interviews, Mentors ask Scholars, Alumnae, community members, and their fellow Mentors about the most significant change in their life that has resulted from involvement with our programs. This innovative survey format reveals detailed stories of impact that are not exposed by traditional methods.

Why This Work Matters

For each additional year of secondary school a girl completes, her earning potential increases by up to 25%

If all girls completed a secondary education by 2030, the gross domestic product (GDP) of developing countries could rise by 10% on average.

Mentors provide a safe space to learn, ask questions, and learn in ways that can be better understood.