Author: HEART
Year: 2015
Full Citation: Heart. (2015). Evidence on girls’ secondary education. n.p: Authors. Retrieved from:
Target Population(s): , , ,
Overview: This report undertakes a rapid review of the evidence around girls and secondary education in developing contexts and summarises the key issues arising from this evidence. It also include an annotated bibliography and recent evidence from later than 2005. Initial issues that are covered include:
  1. What are the key barriers affecting girls’ transition to secondary, attendance, completion and achievement?
  • What environments are considered high risk for low enrolment, retention and achievement of girls in secondary education?
  • What are the implications of girls being overage, when they attend secondary school?
  1. What are the implications of non-compulsory secondary education for girls?
  2. What are the implications of costs associated with secondary education for girls, especially where it is not free?
  • What is the impact of different delivery models on girls’ enrolment, retention, completion and achievement?
  • What innovative models have shown to be effective in addressing barriers for girls’ in secondary education?
  • What are the implications for the most marginalised girls? (Include those with disabilities, those living in FCAS, extreme poor).
It also addresses the following:
  • Which models have benefitted the most marginalised adolescent girls and enabled them to transition through the education system? In particular those girls that fall into the extreme poverty category and those facing multiple disadvantages – including disability or living in conflict/remote locations; relevant evidence from South America; considers transition in the broad sense, including transitions form non-formal to formal education.

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