Launched in 2012 in partnership with BRAC Bangladesh, the English and Digital for Girls' Education (EDGE) project aims to improve the life prospects of adolescent girls in socio-economically marginalized communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
The programme focuses on enhancing participants’ English proficiency, digital skills and awareness of social issues. As a result, they will be better able to make more informed and independent life choices, as is their right, in order to contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society. 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.
In 2015-16, the British Council partnered with the US Embassy in Kathmandu and Equal Access Nepal to deliver a pilot project to adolescent girls from marginalised communities in after-school, non-formal, safe spaces in their communities. Participants developed English and digital skills using self-access learning resources installed on laptops/phablets. In addition, a series of flashcards and games developed grammar, functional language and vocabulary skills were provided to teach effectively.