Study: Bringing Education to Afghan Girls: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Village-Based Schools

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Study: Bringing Education to Afghan Girls: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Village-Based Schools
By Dana Burde and Leigh L. Linden
We conducted a randomized evaluation of the effect of village-based schools on children’s academic performance using a sample of 31 villages and 1,490 children in rural northwestern Afghanistan. The program significantly increased enrollment and test scores among all children, but particularly for girls. Girls’ enrollment increased by 52 percentage points and their average test scores increased by 0.65 standard deviations. The effect is large enough that it eliminates the gender gap in enrollment and dramatically reduces differences in test scores. Boys’ enrollment increased by 35 percentage points, and average test scores increased by 0.40 standard deviations.

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