Technical Note on Life Skills Programmes for Empowering Adolescent Girls: Notes for Practitioners on What Works

UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage

Publication Date: December 2019


This technical note aims to provide practical considerations for practitioners implementing and supporting life-skills programmes or programmes that integrate life skills, particularly when focused as a strategy within child marriage prevention and girls’ empowerment programmes.

This note is based on the Rapid Review of Life Skills Programmes and Curricula, covering 11 life skills modules and meta-analyses of life skills programmes in developing countries to determine characteristics of design (target group, the skills and outcomes sought), implementation (platforms, methods, resourcing and time) and grounding in community and services that promote girls’ empowerment.

It provides a snapshot of modules and manuals used by countries under the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage and notes that life skills programmes are delivered through different approaches.

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