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This is a photo of a group of children in blue uniforms in a classroom standing and clapping. The classroom has a blackboard in the background. At the front of the classroom is a female Projet Jeune Leader Educator clapping and smiling. The walls of the classroom are peeling and the ceiling is falling apart.

Key Results

We invest in rigorous evaluations and participatory research to understand the depth and breadth of our impact.

Equipping Young Adolescents to Thrive

Adolescence is a challenging and critical time. Young people rarely get the information and support they need — especially in rural Madagascar. We're filling this gap.

 

Our program has built adolescents’ knowledge, self-esteem, and leadership skills, while improving their access to socio-emotional and health support services.

Knowledge

95%

of 6th grade girls in PJL schools know they can go to school when they have their period, compared to only 59% of girls in comparison schools (2023).

86%

of 8th grade students who had participated in our course in the past two years said they knew what to do if they experienced violence, compared to 61% who did not have the program in earlier grades (2023).

Students receiving PJL's program reported a significant improvement of

31 percentage points

in their fertility knowledge (disagreeing with the statement “A girl cannot get pregnant the first time she has sex”) using a difference-in-difference analysis with a comparison group (2019-2020).

Attitudes & Behaviors

Students receiving PJL's program reported a significant improvement of

19 percentage points

in their attitudes towards intimate partner sexual violence (disagreeing with the statement “It is not a problem to sometimes force a partner to have sex”) using a difference-in-difference analysis with a comparison group (2022-2023).

Students receiving PJL's program reported a significant improvement of

47 percentage points

in their gender-equitable attitudes, disagreeing with the statement "A man should have the final word about decisions in his home", after one year of participating in PJL's program, with equal improvement among both girls and boys (2021-2022).

Students receiving PJL's program reported a significant improvement of

51 percentage points

in their gender-equitable attitudes (disagreeing with the statement "Changing diapers, giving a bath, and feeding kids is the mother's responsibility"after one year of participating in PJL's program, with equal improvement among both girls and boys (2021-2022).

Support, Access to Services, and Agency

68%

of 8th grade students at PJL schools believe that they could refuse sex with a partner if they were not ready, compared to only 37% at comparison schools. (2023)

91%

of 8th grade students at PJL schools have discussed puberty and bodily changes with an adult, compared to only 61% of students in comparison schools. (2023)

96%

of 6th grade girls at PJL schools said they would feel brave to tell their parents if they had a problem, as compared to 80% of girls at comparison schools. (2023)

This is a photo of a group of female students in a classroom, standing in front of a blackboard. On the blackboard, there are two hand-drawn and labeled posters of the menstrual cycles. The students appear to be engaged in a lesson about the posters. In the foreground we see the back and head of a Projet Jeune Leader Educator who is looking at the students.

"I gained the courage to talk to my parents and my siblings about menstruation. I used to be so ashamed of it, but now I’m not anymore."

How our program has equipped girls with the knowledge and self-confidence to thrive through adolescence

A Ripple Effect

The multi-faceted impacts of our program go beyond the individual student. Our Educators are:

Dynamizing school culture.

With a PJL Educator, school has become more fun. Students, and even other teachers, are more engaged. Students share that school feels safer, and girls report feeling more included and respected.

Improving academic performance.

Our program has increased students’ motivation, attendance, and achievement at school across all of their subjects, not just their class with the PJL Educator.

Inspiring other teachers.

Teachers of other subjects are inspired by our Educators’ enthusiasm and pedagogical skills. Principals report fewer teacher absences and greater willingness to try student-centered teaching approaches.

Re-engaging parents in education.

Parents say they see more value in sending their children to school when there is a PJL Educator. They feel a greater sense of ownership over their children's education.

Strengthening family relationships.

Students and parents feel more comfortable communicating openly with each other, particularly across gender lines, after our program.

Increasing the value of rural public schools.

Principals and parents feel their school has increased in quality and value after partnering with PJL. They report that this has led to higher rates of student attendance and retention.

This is a photo of a group of students in a classroom with their hands raised. They are wearing uniforms and are engaged in a lesson. A male Projet Jeune Leader Educator, wearing a black t-shirt, is standing at the front of the room laughing with his arm raised. Behind the teacher is a blackboard with illegible writing on it.

"Before, they would have gone to a private school. But now, for the first time ever, they have made my public school their first choice."

How our program has re-invigorated Madagascar’s rural education system and brought new value to public schools

PUBLISHED RESEARCH

Our qualitative, retrospective evaluation in Sex Education

We conducted a retrospective, qualitative evaluation to explore how former participants assessed our CSE program's influence on their behaviors and lives. Our peer-reviewed article about the study was published in the leading international journal Sex Education.

O’Keefe, S., Raonivololona, M., Ramarosandratana, M., Anjarasoa, T., & Leeson, L. (2024). “My life would not be the same”: A qualitative, retrospective evaluation of the post-programme outcomes of an in-school comprehensive sexuality education programme in Madagascar. Sex Education.

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Learn More about How We Measure Impact

We're pretty nerdy about M&E. Continuous learning and improvement has been core to our work since the very beginning. Our impact evaluations and research conducted to date include repeated internal, quasi-experimental program outcome evaluations (pre-post); a 2021 human-centered design study with the University of Pittsburgh; and a 2022 retrospective qualitative evaluation.

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