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Type Journal Article - Health Care for Women International
Title Educational Outcomes for Orphan Girls in Rural Zimbabwe: Effects of a School Support Intervention
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Volume 37
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 303-324
URL http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/pmcc/articles/PMC4540683/
Abstract
Educational achievement has important implications for the health and well-being of young women in sub-Saharan Africa. We assessed the effects of providing school support on educational outcomes of orphan girls in rural Zimbabwe. Data were from a randomized controlled trial offering the intervention group comprehensive schooling support and controls no treatment initially and then fees only. Results indicated comprehensive support reduced school dropout and absence but did not improve test scores. Providing support to orphan girls is promising for addressing World Health Organization Millennium Development Goals, but further research is needed about contextual factors affecting girls’ school participation and learning.

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