The global conversation and movement around girls’ education and empowerment has evolved significantly in a short amount of time. Just a few years ago, the focus was on access to education, and we now understand the limitations that come with this focus on access alone. In Guatemala and many other places worldwide, schools are using antiquated curricula, outdated instructional techniques, and are in deplorable condition. Clearly, access alone does not guarantee the availability of the skills and knowledge necessary to meet 21st century opportunities. Fortunately, Starfish is engineered to respond to precisely this type of challenge. Our ability to innovate allows us to objectively evaluate which program components effectively meet the needs of our Girl Pioneers and what we can do better. We continually enhance our program, always working towards scalable and replicable systemic change.
In order to create systemic change, we have developed four key initiatives: