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A mothers education committee also is formed. After a probation period lasting one to two months, the Society formally appoints the teacher and signs an agreement with her. There are some concerns about home schools, however. They tend to be housed in any spare space that the community may find available, and some have little room for expansion. And although the schools have succeeded in serving low-income students, they are finding it difficult to serve mostly girls. Food Incentive Program To encourage students in low-income areas to attend classes, vegetable oil was distributed to them monthly.

It will examine the impact on girls in particular. Home Schools Unlike community schools, home schools rely on contributions from private sector donors, such as Pakistan's Habib Bank Trust. The schools also aim at expanding NGO-government participation in education. Home schools serve low-income urban areas. Students pay only 5 to 10 rupees to attend the school. Twelve such schools now operate, and another eighteen are scheduled to open by October 1995. Before setting up a home school, it is first established that there are at least sixty girls in the community who are not attending school.

And Target Girls A third lesson for planners is that programs to improve girls' education require vigilance to ensure that the intended beneficiariesgirlsindeed benefit. Overall improvements in education are always desirable, but special attention is required to level the field for girls. The experiences of Malawi and Bangladesh suggest that if reforms are implemented without explicit identification of girls as targets, gender disparities may not be reduced and may even widen. In Bangladesh, establishing a target enrollment for girls ensured their greater participation in BRAC schools.

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