Global Grassroots in partnership with The Komera Project will launch The Girls Academy for Conscious Change in November and December 2012. The partnership will adapt Global Grassroots proven social venture incubator to serve 57 vulnerable girls, selected as Komera Scholars, during the 2-month school holiday. The program will provide young women with the social entrepreneurship and leadership skills to become empowered agents of change, and confident in their academics and personal lives.
As Rwanda rebuilds in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, the education gap between girls and boys must be addressed. Only 17% of girls are reported to start secondary school, with secondary school completion rates reduced even further. During times away from school, such as during the 2 month year-end holiday, girls are the most vulnerable for teenage pregnancy. Girls need engagement opportunities that protect their pursuit of education and allow them to serve as leaders and change agents.
One of the most effective levers of change is a young woman who has the capability, rights, power, courage, and resources to initiate solutions to the social issues she, her family, and her community face. It often takes only one successful experience in making a difference through one's own solution to transform a girl's belief in her own capacity to improve her life and that of others. The Girls Academy will empower girls as change leaders through leadership and social entrepreneurship skills
As girls advance their education, they improve their earning potential, their health and their sense of self-worth thereby enabling them to break the bonds of poverty. Further, girls have the capacity to drive sustainable social change through their unique insights and ideas about what women and girls need. We will initially catalyze 57 girls to start change projects in their schools and communities. Once trained we expect they will continue to solve issues and mentor others as we expand.
We are working to create conditions that value girls, paving the way for future generations of women to be seen as leaders and innovators in their communities. - Gretchen Wallace, Founder & President, Global Grassroots
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,764
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $677
Total Funding Goal: $11,441
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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