This project develops the capacity of primary school leaders in three GPE countries—Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan—to address local access and participation issues for girls and marginalized learner groups. School leaders are essential change agents—to motivate teachers and communities, to collect evidence, to adapt pedagogy and to create safe, inclusive conditions for all learners. This project seizes the opportunities afforded by an increasing focus on the value of ‘bottom up’ change – more decentralized and participatory structures — to explore how school leaders can be empowered to address inclusive access and participation in their institutions and communities through a focus on local constraints, barriers and constructs. In Afghanistan, the inclusion issues prioritized are girls’ access to education and access for children with disabilities.


This is a two-year Global Partnership for Education project through a fund managed by the International Development Research Centre that started in 2021, implemented in Afghanistan by CW4WAfghan, in Pakistan by Allama Iqbal Open University, and in Nepal by Kathmandu University, with technical leadership from the Open University UK, and managed by the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development, Inc. (FIT-ED) in the Philippines.