Pangea Giving for Global Change supported project “Girls for Leaders” is a program that helps improve the performance of chosen poor performing schools in Rongai sub county in Nakuru County through capacity building girls about to sit for their national examination on presentation, public speaking and art performances. We sensitize the girls who come from marginalised families, whose performance is school is affected by FGM or poverty on Sexuality and detriments of FGM.
Why is this project important?
• Girls’ poor performance and attendance in school.
• Few numbers of girl students that continue to high school
• Lack of mentors and means to create awareness of the importance of girl child education.
• High data on FGM within the community, this is from the reaction on the awareness campaign held by the Girls For Leaders in October 2014.
• Girls high dropout levels due to pregnancies, hence early marriages
This project started with 24 girls from Athinai Primary School in 2014 but now has 74 girls from 4 schools. We focus on mentorship programs where girls from a High school mentor primary school girls from under privileged backgrounds. The mentors Vanessa Grant Girls School www.vggs.org each have mentees whom they talk to and help understand the changes they are going through, they give them hope and advise on life issues.
Girls from rural schools rarely get out of the villages to see how other schools in urban areas look like. Our exchange program for Girls for Leaders is geared towards opening up the minds of young people as to how it would feel like to be in high school. To encourage young girls to dream of a better future and for them to have a taste of how it would feel to be in a high school.
This program will also constitute young men leaders because they play a big part of why FGM is still a big cultural practice in these areas. We will have 15 young men who will be champions of girl child education and advocates of change during the awareness campaigns and give their view and education on the matter.
We will focus on villages where FGM is rampant e.g. Majani mingi, Lomolo and Sarambei. This is because of the strong cultural and traditional beliefs and the very poor economic livelihood status in the area.
The needs of girls will be addressed through.
• Interaction with the community, parents and teachers
• Awareness campaigns on FGM in villages
• Through tutoring, interactive learning, motivation and material support
• Through supporting the enrolled girls to become FGM-awareness advocates to spread information about FGM to the community.
• Through taking Girls for Leaders 2014, to the schools that are highly affected by FGM and school drop outs
• Through human-rights based approach we intend to sensitize the local authority, ministry of education on reporting abuse systems and child rights involvement.