Empowering girls to change their world
The British Council’s English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE) programme aims to improve adolescent girls’ life prospects in socio-economically marginalised communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Based on the success of the ‘English and IT for Adolescents’ (EITA) project that began in partnership with BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities) in Bangladesh in 2012, the project was introduced in 2012 in India as ‘English and Digital for Girls’ Education’.
Working in partnership with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), the EDGE programme in India, focuses on enhancing participants’ English proficiency, digital skills and awareness of social issues. 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.
It aims to achieve this through after-school, non-formal, safe spaces in their communities. Participants develop English and digital skills using self-access learning resources that could be installed on a range of digital devices including laptops. Club activities are interactive and focus mainly on developing English communication and digital skills along with the development of key 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and citizenship. Social issues are brought to the fore through the videos following the story of Meena developed by UNICEF and sharing stories of women from across the world. In addition, club content includes songs with actions, language games, practice of dialogues in pairs and groups, stories, video clips, and tasks involving the creation of documents and presentations using electronic devices.