UNFPA invites RFQs to conduct Study on sustainability of life skills education on life trajectories of adolescent girls – A Retrospective Analysis

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is an international development agency that works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA is the lead UN agency that expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives. UNFPA requires the provision of A study on sustainability study of life skills education on life trajectories of adolescent girls – A Retrospective Analysis”

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Background: Madhya Pradesh is the second-largest state in the country in terms of geographical area. With over 75 million population, it is the fifth-largest state in India. It has 16.01 million adolescents (10 – 19 years) which is 22.04% of its total population. Sex ratio among adolescents of Madhya Pradesh is better than the national average of this group, according to Census 2011.

Notwithstanding better sex ratio of adolescents, the UNFPA document reveals that, in terms of Nutrition, 66% of adolescent girls in Madhya Pradesh are underweight and 57% suffer from mild to severe anemia. Under accidents, violence and injuries 27.3% girls faced some form of injuries, 57% girls faced bullying or eve teasing and 16% girls faced GBV. In terms of Non Communicable diseases, 25% girls were screened as pre-hypertensive to hypertensive. Lower use of substance 1.7% was found among the adolescent girls in Madhya Pradesh. 74% girls are aware about menstruation and 25% use sanitary pads, 76% girls had correct knowledge of right age of marriage for girls. On Mental Health front, 50% of girls faced depression and 70% anxiety in last 15 days of survey. (Source – Adolescent Health Baseline Survey -Madhya Pradesh 2017-18.)These health indicators of adolescent girls are just a tip of the iceberg.

The State Resource Centre, Indore with support from UNFPA and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Madhya Pradesh initiated a pilot project to impart life skills education to adolescent girls studying in 43 tribal hostels established under RMSA in 8 districts of Indore Division of Madhya Pradesh. The project was implemented over a period of two years beginning July 25th, 2015 and concluded on 30th September 2017. The project had the following objectives:

  1. To enhance opportunities for adolescent girl students enrolled in RMSA hostels to achieve their goals by providing information on reproductive and sexual health, gender issues, life skills and overall personality development so that child marriages can be averted
  2. To effectively reach out to adolescent girls with reproductive health knowledge and life skills education
  3. To improve the capacities of hostel wardens and selected teachers
  4. To generate evidence on effective peer education approaches especially in residential settings

The project covered 4300 adolescent girls of class IX – XII staying in 43 Hostels of RMSA (attached to 43 schools) located in Educationally Backward Blocks of Indore Division in Madhya Pradesh. In the span of around   2 years.

Objective: UNFPA Madhya Pradesh State Office is seeking a qualified institution (company, academic institution, and/or foundation) with expertise in the areas of life skills in conducting the study in order to fulfil its goal of greater investments on empowering adolescents and youth, especially from the vulnerable and marginalized segments. The overall objective is to understand the extent to which the life skill education enabled girls to exercise their agency and make informed and responsible choices in all decisions related to health and well-being.

The specific objectives of this study are:

  • To assess impact of life skills education in changing expected life trajectories of adolescent girls
  • To assess impact of life skills education on education and career trajectories of adolescent girls

This Request for Quotation is open to all legally-constituted companies that can provide the requested services and have legal capacity to deliver/perform in the country, or through an authorized representative. To read complete document, Click Here

Queries/ Requests:

Questions or requests for further clarifications should be submitted in writing to the contact person Ms. Manpreet Kaur | 011-46532331 | email: mkaur@unfpa.org
Note: Questions will be answered in writing and shared with parties as soon as possible after this deadline

Last date for submission: 17 March 2020, 1700 hours