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The School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) program is a three-year multi-country program, funded by USAID, aimed at mitigating school dropout in primary and secondary school. It designs, implements and assesses the impact of interventions to prevent school dropout in four countries—Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste–to generate evidence for interventions that can be used by USAID and ministries of education to decrease dropout levels and address dropout-related behaviors that put students at risk.

In Tajikistan, SDPP activities are focused on dropout prevention in Grade 9, the grade with the highest dropout rate, in eastern Khatlon Oblast, which has some of the highest dropout rates in the country. In September 2012, the project introduced two interventions–an Early Warning System and an After-School Tutoring/Enrichment program—in 82 treatment schools in five districts, enlisting the combined assistance of school administrators, teachers, parents, and other local authorities.  In December 2012, SDPP celebrated the official launch of school-based activities with Ministry of Education representatives, Regional Government officials, school personnel, students, parents and community members.

 

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The launch ceremony to mark the official kick-off of school-based activities of the USAID School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) Program in Tajikistan was held at one of the participating schools, Danghara School #2 on December 12, 2012.