EMPOWERING YOUNG FEMALE STUDENTS FOR BETTER RESULTS
Empowering Young Female Students for Better Results project aims at improving Access to Education and completion of primary and secondary school education by the vulnerable girls aged 10-20 years old through addressing the barriers that are preventing them from an opportunity to stay in school and access quality primary and secondary education. Our approach will be done through training of female Agent of Change (AoC) teachers, who will be equipped with knowledge and skills on how to be open with the girl to build up the psychological relationship which would assist them to understand the girls beyond the academic life. This approach would assist them to develop the better training packages which are in line with the girls challenges to train girls in health life skills which include lessons about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The approach will target Teenage girls who are commonly preyed upon by older men known as “sugar daddies,” who give money and gifts in exchange for sex. Older men have been sexually active longer and with more partners, and thus are a high risk group to transmit HIV. This is why HIV rates are 5x higher among 15-19 year-old girls compared to boys. Girls are also less able to insist on abstinence or safe sex practices when partnered with an older adult man, which increases the risk of unplanned pregnancy. By providing training for female Agent of Change (AoC) teachers the project supports schools to create girl-friendly learning environments and promote girls’ awareness of SRHR , as well as encouraging greater parental and community support and engagement. These young female teachers also serve as role models to the girls in the targeted schools. The project is also improving girls’ SRH knowledge and practice, confidence and participation in class leading to gains in retention, achievement and learning in school.