Making schools in Ghana more girl-friendly

 
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Jul 17, 2012

ENGAGING GIRLS AND BOYS BY ALL MEANS POSSIBLE!

Seven (7) schools sensitization sessions were held by the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) between January to June 2012 on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV and Child Abuse.

Four (4) sessions out of this number were held in two (2) basic schools on the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in the Central region of Ghana reaching one hundred and sixteen (116) pupils. One (1) session was held with fifty-two (52) children at the Calvary Baptist Church in Greater Accra as part of their annual Children’s Day celebrations and another session held with the thirty –three (33) students of the Women of Destiny Vocational School at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement.

Presentation on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) ended with the ‘mantra’ below for both girls and boys emphasizing the fact that, engaging in and being silent about domestic abuse and humans rights violations is an unacceptable thing to do.


Girls
I will not be silent; Abuse is not love.
I will never let a boy or man trick me into surrendering my body to him.
I will never let a boy or man lead me into corners to exploit me.
I will never use my body to gain a man’s affection, approval or money.
I will never let my friends pressure me into anything I do not want to do.
I will follow my dreams until they become reality.
I am beautiful; I am powerful; and I will be a great leader in this country.

Boys
I am a great future leader of this country
As a future leader, I will respect my body.
Furthermore, I will respect all the women and girls around me, treating them as my mothers and sisters and as fellow leaders and future leaders of this country.  
I will never see girls as conquests, and lead them into corners or force them to let me touch them. No means no.
I will pursue meaningful friendships with girls based on mutual respect.
I will discipline myself at all times and wait until I am ready for a wholesome relationship.
I am great and valuable and I will let my greatness positively impact the lives of others.
Lastly, my strength is not for hurting.

This was to help the children know how valuable and resourceful they are to the society.

In all, a total of two hundred and one (201) students and nine (9) teachers were reached during January and June 2012.

With the invaluable support of our donors over the years, a total of seven thousand nine hundred and five (7,905) students and one hundred and thirteen (122) teachers have been reached since the commencement of the program.

We are forever indebted to our donors for contributing to our cause.

Jan 9, 2012

DV; AN UNBRELLA FOR DISCUSSING OTHER GIRL ISSUES

Four (4) schools sensitization sessions on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and peer pressure were held from October to December 2011.

These sessions were held for three (3) primary schools on the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in the central region. The total numbers of students reached were about one hundred and fifty-one (151) students and about eight (8) teachers.

This brings the total number reached in 2011 to about seven hundred and one (701) and thirty-three (33) teachers.

With the invaluable support of our donors, a total of seven thousand seven hundred and four (7,704) students and one hundred and thirteen (113) teachers have been reached since the commencement of the program.

We take this opportunity to thank our donors for contributing to our cause over the years. We appreciate your efforts and look forward to working with you in 2012.

WE WISH ALL OUR DONORS A FRUITFUL 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Oct 10, 2011

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AVAILABLE SPACES TO EMPOWER MORE GIRLS ; REACHING THE LEFT BEHIND

Six (6) schools sensitization sessions on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) were held from July to September 2011. One (1) school was reached within the Greater Accra Municipality for a total of two hundred and forty one (241) pupils in upper primary at the Maamobi / Prisons primary school on July 5, 2011.

Prior to this outreach, a session was held for twelve (12) teachers of the above school to equip them with knowledge on SGBV and also to create the space to answer their questions and address their concerns. This was at the requests of the teachers to better place them in addressing issues of SGBV in the school.

The other five (5) sessions were on the Buduburam Refugee Settlement for Four (4) vocational schools and one (1) primary school.

During the summer break (July and August) when formal / regular schools were on break, a total of one hundred and twenty (120) vocational school students and eight (8) teachers were reached. Majority of this target group were adolescent mothers and therefore in addition to the usual discussions on domestic violence, topics such as child trafficking and reproductive health were discussed using drama to generate discussions.

Finally, on September 29, 2011, the first outreach to a basic school after the break was held at the Middle Grande Primary on the Buduburam Refugee Settlement. The total number reached was thirty-nine (39) students and three (3) teachers.

This brings the total number reached from July - September to four hundred (400) students and twenty three (23) teachers.

With the invaluable support of our donors, a total of seven thousand five hundred and fifty three (7,553) students and eighty (80) teachers have been reached since the commencement of the program.

We take this opportunity to thank our donors for contributing to our cause. We appreciate your efforts.

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Jul 18, 2011

EFFORTS TO MAKE MORE SCHOOLS GIRL FRIENDLY

Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) continues to make efforts to make schools in Ghana girl friendly. Within the last three months, we have engaged with schools in different locations to book dates of meetings with pupils in their respective schools. There is the assurance of a meeting with at least one (1) school outreach within the Greater Accra Municipality before the end of the school term (summer break).   

We appreciate the continuous support of all those who contribute to our cause through Global Giving. You can’t imagine how many lives you continue to touch with your kind gestures.

We have been able to reach out to a total of seven thousand one hundred and fifty two (7,152) students and fifty-seven (57) teaching staff since the commencement of the program.

Thank you.

Apr 6, 2011

EMPOWERING STUDENTS WITH THE RIGHT INFORMATION ON ST. VALENTINE'S DAY

section of students during a schools outreach
section of students during a schools outreach

On February 14, 2011, a Valentine’s Day sensitization program was held with the staff and students of Maamobi Prisons Junior Secondary School. The discussion was on what love is and is not, the history of valentine’s day, the myth about the day such as a day to engage in sexual activities, going on drinking sprees, exchanging expensive gifts even to the extent of stealing from parents and how to stay safe on valentine’s day.

This was linked to the type of abuses that exist, the effect and the help available. A total of eighty seven (87) students and six (6) teachers were reached.

The day was chosen because a lot of abuses happen on this day especially among the youth so; we sought to alert and raise the red flag on this day among the students in an effort to minimize the incidence of abuses recorded on this day.

Some of the results of Valentine’s Day misconceptions discussed were;

  • unplanned pregnancy
  • Contracting sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea, syphilis and or HIV/AIDS etc.
  • Getting raped or defiled etc.  

WISE has reached out to a total of Seven thousand one hundred and fifty two (7,152) students and fifty-seven (57) teaching staff since the commencement of the program.

The support of our cherished philanthropists at Global Giving is greatly propelling us to continue to work in making our schools safe especially for girls. Thank you so much.

Teachers and students listening attentively
Teachers and students listening attentively
A female student making a contribution
A female student making a contribution
Question time
Question time
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Teachers also contributes to discussions of the da

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Adwoa Bame

Executive Director
Acrra, Ghana

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