Adolescent Development and Participation Programme (ADAP)

TMF Partnership with UNICEF is geared towards contributing to outcome of Education : By 2025 , an effective and efficient  well-resourced  formal and non- formal quality education system that is inclusive, relevant and accessible to all boys and girls with increased school retention, completion achievement rates. TMF will specifically   contribute to   realization of output 2.3  Basic Education and Adolescent Development (BEAD) ; By 2025, improved access of adolescents to information, life skills and essential services to reduce their vulnerability to HIV, teenage pregnancy and violence. In the BEAD programme, TMF will work with MoES –Gender Unit by improving the level of knowledge, skills and participation of adolescents to access essential service , to reduce their vulnerability to teenage pregnancy , child marriages and violence . In addition, TMF will contribute towards improving increasing access, re-enrollment; completion  rates at both primary and secondary school levels and working through girls education clubs to support the adolescents stay longer in school, be empowered and participate in school activities, working with boys and men as champions of change,  girl led advocacy meetings with community leaders to address the adolescent specific challenges and negative cultural norms and practices that affect education.


The Girls Get Equal (GGE) project is an initiative by like-minded CSOs intended to ensure girls understand the value of education enroll in school, stay in school, and complete school subsequently delaying early/child/forced marriages thereby achieving their potential dreams. It has a coverage of 100 primary schools, 20 Secondary schools within the selected 20 sub-counties in the 04 districts of Adjumani, Nebbi, Pakwach, and Zombo. The key focus on this target group is thus to keep children in school and reach them with key ASRHR messages and information.
The project will Establish clubs and groups comprised of girls and young women in and out of school to Educate them on their roles and responsibilities to stay in school, end Early/Child/Forced Marriages, and equip them with knowledge and information on appropriate information to access and utilize appropriate SRHR services to Empower them with personal ability to make meaningful decisions to get equal and thrive.
Peer groups to share information and support each other to alleviate the potential social challenges faced by girls and young women in their schools and communities.
In order to impart relevant skills to create positive change in knowledge attitudes and practices of adolescent girls and young women to enable them stay in and complete school.
Girls and young women with basic skills to boost their income, improve their life skills to enable them to participate meaningfully and equally in issues that affect them.
The Girls Get Equal (GGE) project has strength in the inevitable power of building synergies to create a positive impact in the lives of girls and young women, in the 04 selected districts of WestNile, in order to contribute to the achievement of aspirations of international human rights frameworks such as CEDAW, UNCRC, and CRPD
as ratified by the government of Uganda, with specific emphasis inclined to attain SDGs 1,4,5,10. TMF’s outcomes are backed by the fact Uganda loses approximately 10 billion UGX annually as a result of child marriages, keeping them in school will directly address this factor.
West Nile in Northern Uganda covering Districts of Adjumani (Ukusijoni and Itirikwa sub-counties), Nebbi, (Kucwiny, Nyaravur, Akworo, Parombo, Erusi, and Ndhew sub-counties), Pakwach (Panyimur, Panyango, Wadelai, Alwi, Pakwach sub-counties, and Pakwach Town Council), Zombo (Zeu, Warr, Jangukuru, Nyapea, Kangu, and Paidha sub-counties) in 100 primary schools, 20 secondary schools, and 100 communities.
The project primary target group:
Children, particularly adolescent girls and boys in the age range of 10-18 years and young women and men 19 to 24 years old.

The project is financially supported by NORAD through Plan International Uganda and implemented by 03 like-minded CSOs.
Plan International Uganda leads the consortium in close alliance with Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation- TMF and Agency For Accelerated Regional Development- AFARD.

The partners have the following mandates;
Plan International Uganda will focus on Outcome 4: To Raise Awareness and Influence Change in social norms and practices to end child marriage and Outcome 5: To strengthen policy framework and civil society engagement to protect adolescent girls from child marriages and teen pregnancies.
TMF will focus on Outcome 1: To Promote measures for retention and Keeping children safe in schools and Outcome 2: To Increase knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights among adolescents.
AFARD will engage communities on Outcome 3: To PromoteYouth Economic empowerment and support critically poor caregivers of vulnerable adolescent girls to avert child marriages

She Leads Project

She Leads is an advocacy programme that builds on the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) project that aimed to ensure equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women. She Leads aims to ensure that GYW perspectives are included in gender responsive laws and policies and society norms and practices through increased sustained influence of GYW on decision making and transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions.
She Leads will work with and build the capacity of CSO’s, women led organizations and girl and young women led groups to achieve the following outcomes:
1. Enhanced collective actions of GYW and CS networks to influence decisions on involvement of GYW in public decision making in the targeted areas of operation by 2025.
2. Increased acceptance of positive gender norms among targeted communities by 2025
3. Government (MoGLSD,DLGs,Parliament, Parliamentary Youth Affairs Forum and Uganda Women Parliamentary Association(UWOPA)implements national and regional policies and commitments that enable meaningful participation of GYW in decision making in the targeted districts by 2025)
TMF will implement the She Leads project in the districts of Kamuli and Buyende in Eastern Uganda and will directly target 200 girls and young women. The project will be implemented in 02 Sub Counties in each of the districts. The Sub Counties include Bugaya and Kagulu in Buyende and Butansi and Namasagali in Kamuli. Adolescent girls and young women will undergo a selection process that will identify beneficiaries by level of vulnerability. These will be grouped into clubs that will be supported with capacity building training, life skills, mentorship and peer support over the duration of the project. Each club will comprise of 50 girls and young women. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying and supporting girls and young women living with disability. The girls and young women will be empowered to speak up and demand for their right to participate in leadership and decision making processes right from home to national level. They will be supported to identify opportunities for engagement with stakeholders including district leaders, traditional and religious leaders and CSO’s. By the end of the project, girls and young women should be able to meaningfully participate and take up leadership positions, engage in decisions that affect their wellbeing and support their peers to demand for their rights.

Girls Empowering Girls Programme (GEG)

The GirlsEmpoweringGirls programme works to ensure that girls transition safely into adulthood, receive education and training, and are empowered to achieve their goals. It does so by supporting in-school and out-of-school adolescent girls living in Kampala, providing avenues to empower girls through a network of peer mentors, engaging them through education, training and support services, and enabling them to pursue better opportunities for their future through a small cash transfer. This is the first social protection programme in Uganda directly targeting children.
GirlsEmpoweringGirls is built on a pillar of mentoring and peer support networks, which are complemented with referrals to services, digital engagement, as well as a cash transfer to the girl’s caregiver.
The programme design is informed by international evidence of the positive impact of combining services-oriented programming with a cash transfer, which have demonstrated promising results across education, health, gender, protection, livelihoods and similar dimensions.
Where will the programme be implemented?
The programme is being implemented across all five divisions of Kampala (Central, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa and Rubaga), reaching diverse geographical pockets of vulnerable girls.
Who will the programme reach?
The programme targets two different categories of vulnerable adolescent girls: (1) girls in upper primary, attending Universal Primary Education schools with high drop-out rates, who are at risk of not transitioning to Secondary school.

Who are the partners?
The programme is led and coordinated by KCCA at the Kampala and division levels, with support from UNICEF Uganda. At the parish level, the programme is implemented by a network of lead-mentors and peer-mentors, who are directly overseen by two CSO partners: Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation, responsible for supporting in-school girls, and the Uganda Youth Development Link, responsible for supporting the out-of-school girls. The small cash transfers will be distributed to the girls’ primary caregivers by GiveDirectly.
The programme was designed and developed by KCCA and UNICEF with support from the Economic Policy Research Institute, based on evidence of best practices. The programme includes a strong monitoring and evaluation component to facilitate data-driven decision-making and ensure that the programme’s results and impact are measured.
This programme is aligned with the Government of Uganda’s Vision 2040, National Development Plan, and National Social Protection Policy, and is supported by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Girls in Primary School: Towards Enhancing Retention

Project Objectives
1.To contribute towards reducing school drop- out to keep girls in school
2.To strengthen the capacity of the targeted school- to nurture life skills for adolescents especially girls aimed at improving retention and learning outcomes
3.To empower adolescent girls with knowledge on fundamental rights, privileges and demonstrated capacity on life skills

Coverage : Bulopa sub county, Nagamuli Parish, Nababirye primary school
Target Beneficiaries: •In school Primary school girls (P4-97) •Teachers ( Senior Woman and Man Teacher) •School Management Commitees •Parents/caregivers/ guardians

Girls Advocacy Alliance Project

The Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) was a four and a half year joint project (2016-2020) funded by PLAN International Uganda that secured a grant with the Dutch Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – under the Dialogue and Dissent, Lobbying and Advocacy Strategic Partnerships 2016-2020 through Plan International Netherlands National Office, Terre des Hommes and Defence for Children – ECPAT. The project aims to promote equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women in 10 countries spread across Africa and Asia. In Uganda, the project envisions world where all girls and young women enjoy equal rights and opportunities and they benefit equally from development outcomes. It targets adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10-24 years affected by gender based violence and economic exclusion living in rural poor and urban slum communities. These include out of school girls, child mothers, orphans, those with disability/special needs, refugees, from child headed and women headed households. The GAA partners supported by Plan International Uganda include Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation addressing child marriage at local level and Joy for Children operating at National level while Restless Development addressing economic exclusion of girls and young women. For this project, TMF aims at attaining girls and young women no longer experiencing GBV and live in a safe and protected environment.

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