In 2012, in partnership with BRAC Bangladesh, we launched the English and ICT for Adolescent Girls (EITA) project. Since then, the project has developed into English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE), which aims to improve the life prospects of adolescent girls in socio-economically marginalised communities and has started operating in, India and Nepal.
The programme focuses on enhancing participants’ English proficiency, digital and 21st Century skills, and awareness of social issues. As a result, participants will be better able to make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society. In addition, the programme aims to improve the leadership skills of a smaller group of peer leaders drawn from the same communities of adolescent girls.
Our vision is that adolescent girls from marginalised communities can make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute fully to the family, the economy and society.
The British Council in Bangladesh partnered with BRAC and delivered the project to adolescent girls in after-school, non-formal, safe spaces in their communities. Participants developed English and digital skills using self-access learning resources installed on laptops. Speaking and writing skills were strengthened by the use of an accompanying workbook. In addition, a series of flashcards and games developed grammar, functional language and vocabulary skills.
Since 2012 the project has been implemented in nine districts of Bangladesh, namely Manikgonj, Tangail, Gaibandga, Bogra, Khulna, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Narshindi and Sylhet. EDGE reached the following project beneficiaries:
364 EDGE clubs
799 Peer Leaders