Partners Comparative Advantage

The partner on this project, the Jesuits and the Religious Sisters have been working in the three countries for more many years during which, through providing education and other social services, they have developed several development programmes in support of the targeted countries’ development priorities.

Through various implementing agencies (of which Jesuits and the Religious Sisters are part) the Catholic Church is a key partner in the Education Sector, bringing on board technical expertise and building on close and lasting relationships with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Youth in all the targeted countries. About 50 percent or more of the top high schools in the targeted countries are Church-run. It is safe to say that in the three countries the Catholic Church has been an important leader in the development of the education policy from the scratch and participated in implementing it over the years. Both the Jesuits and sisters have been in the forefront in the development field running programmes of community development and engaging work of advocacy.

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Going forward, the two Catholic agencies will work together as one based on:

  1. Their focus on results-based management which serves to demonstrate our effectiveness and ability to deliver value for money. This commitment to results is reflected in the projects’ theory of change, which demonstrates how outputs are directly attributable to the work of Catholic Church through these agencies and how outputs and outcomes are linked;
  2. Our ability to communicate and deliver as one and undertake joint advocacy efforts which serves as a powerful tool for promoting and addressing key issues in the targeted countries such as human rights, gender equality and resilience and;
  3. Our commitment to more effective programming through:
  • Establishment of dedicated windows such as this one on girls’ education.
  • Sustainable approaches including enhancing partnerships with government and CSOs and programme mainstreaming and scaling up.
  • Our strategic partnership with the governments in the targeted countries which ensures continuity. The project will furthermore document lessons that will have the potential for scaling up nationally in targeted countries to other districts and continentwide to other countries within Africa.

For this BPE Program, the two agencies bring on board specific expertise in the following relevant areas:

Developing and supporting national education quality programmes, child protection systems and integrated programmes on children (child survival and development)
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Developing and supporting a quality integral human development programmes encompassing sexual and reproductive health education for adolescents, youth and women as well as gender mainstreaming and empowerment of girls and women.
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Boarding school education, which meets basic needs of the girls like food, health, and protection.
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And, facilitate delivery of an evidence-based quality life-skills based comprehensive sexuality education for in and out of school young people, especially adolescent girls (A good example is the A-Happy Programme developed by Africa Jesuit AIDs Network (AJAN).
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