WHY WE INVESTED
GEF is investing in Guru-G because of its commitment to leveraging new technologies for improving teaching and learning and its intent to address – through the Super Teens pilot - some of the critical barriers facing girls and marginalized students more broadly so that they stay in school and continue to learn. If the Super Teens pilot is successful, Guru-G plans to include it within their broader technology app for teachers across potentially hundreds more schools. GEF is interested in learning with Guru-G how its existing app and technology platform can be further leveraged to address critical non-academic skills and knowledge in order to create positive impact for students in and out of school.
IMPACT TO DATE
The SuperTeens pilot, supported by GEF, is currently running in 18 rural government schools reaching over 700 girls in middle school. An additional 100-120 boys in one rural community will be included in the second phase of the pilot to see how best to engage both girls and boys.
GEF has engaged with Guru-G staff throughout the SuperTeens pilot, including participating in field visits and discussions mid-way through the pilot; all of which has fed into refinements of the curriculum and strategy.
OUR FUNDING IMPACT
GEF's investment in Guru-G provided crucial start-up funds for the development of the SuperTeens curriculum, related teacher and student materials and the piloting of the program.
One of the most critical pieces for an organization to grow and flourish is a strong network, to leverage resources and support. GEF has begun to facilitate links for Guru-G to others working and funding similar programs.