Time To Learn: Girls Succeeding in Zambian Community Schools

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Monday, October 12, 2015

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This case study examines two exemplary Zambian community schools where girls consistently achieve results above the national average in grade 7 national exams in order to build an evidence base for what works in improving girls’ performance in those exams. Reviewing the dynamics present in each of these case schools allowed the research team to identify a number of factors that have been crucial to enabling these schools to support girls’ academic performance. Identification of these factors may help the Zambian government and its partners more effectively support other community schools and replicate their results. Because community schools where girls perform above average also feature strong performance by boys, the best practices identified by this case study have the potential to benefit all learners.