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May 22, 2018

GOAL Camp - Girls Leadership Training

Introduction

Background

Empowering Women of Nepal- EWN has been conducting Girls Leadership Training actively since 2014 targeting teenage girls of government schools of Nepal. The training which is shortly known as GOAL not only focused on providing Leadership training but also developing interests for girls in sports. In this training we provide life skills, knowledge along with sports skills.

Since beginning to till now it has conducted this training in 17 schools in and out of the valley with a total of more than 1000 beneficiaries. Basically the training includes of four main sessions Be yourself, Be healthy, Be empowered and Be money savvy. And under these sessions there are many topics related to knowledge and life skills.

Objectives and the contents of the training

  1. To develop the self-confidence in girls
  2. To provide knowledge on health and hygiene
  3. To aware them about Early marriage, violence
  4. To motivate them towards sports

Contents of the training

Be Yourself

  1. Communication
  2. Peer Pressure
  3. Conflict Ladder
  4. Leadership

Be Healthy

  1. Girls & Boys, Gender & work
  2. Health & Hygiene
  3. Menstruation
  4. HIV/AIDS and Contraception Methods

Be Empowered

  1. Know Your Rights
  2. Violence
  3. Early Marriage
  4. Trafficking

Be Money Savvy

  1. Managing Money
  2. Saving Plan
  3. Budgeting
  4. Bank or not to bank

Target Group

The camp was intended for teenage girls studying in classes 7 to 10 in the rural areas of western region.

Training Materials

Training materials covering the contents of the program were prepared and packaged as per modules for the participants. Following materials were used:

  • Whiteboard and marker
  • Flashcards
  • Charts
  • Projector
  • Volleyball balls
  • Domes and cones

Training Process

The training involved individual and group exercises as well and inputs from the facilitators. Following approaches were used for the training:

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Role Play
  • Video
  • Games related to topics like ( Chinese Whispers, Hygiene Tag, Protecting the bee, etc)

Introduction and the Training Overview

EWN conducted 4 days GOAL camp as a Girls Leadership Training in Jumla from May 02 – May 05. There were total of 74 participants on the first day and few girls were added on the second day. This was the first time EWN conducted its training in northwestern part of Nepal which is the hilly region of Nepal. The time period for the training was from 10 am in the morning till 3 pm in the afternoon. We provided tracksuit for participants and also provided afternoon meal for all the trainees including teacher staffs during the training period. We conducted the program in coordination with RCDS Pvt. Ltd. and PACE Nepal. The training was provided by facilitators of EWN and other teacher who had previously taken 4 days GOAL Training of Trainers program. We as well had 2 volunteers from PACE Nepal to help us throughout the training.

 First Day

On the first day, we started our Be Yourself Session. In this session, we covered four topics like Communication, Peer Pressure, Conflict ladder, and Leadership. The students were very attentive and actively participated in the activities. The students as well filled pre-evaluation form. 

Second Day

On the second day, we covered Be Healthy session. In this session we covered topics like Girls and Boys, Gender and work, Menstruation, HIV/AIDS, Contraception, and Personal Hygiene. Students were also shown video about menstruation. Then students played a game about Hygiene tag which they enjoyed a lot.

Third Day

On the third day, we covered our important session which is Be Empowered. In this session, we covered topics like Early Marriage, Know your Rights, Violence, and Trafficking.

Fourth Day

On the last day of our training we covered Be Money Savvy session. In this session students were taught about Managing Money, Saving Plan, Budgeting and Bank or not to bank. The students filled post-evaluation form upon the completion of the training. Later the girls were provided with certificate of participation and the game material including 10 volleyball, 10 footballs, 10 pairs of badminton, 4 sets of cock, 2 hand pumps and a first aid kit box.

Conclusion

The program was a great success for despite some obstacles like transportation and going to another school, the girls were regular. they showed great enthusiasm during the lessons and as well participated actively in the games, roleplay and discussion. we were much satisfied with the improvement that the girls showed after the end of the training. also, we would like to express our deepest thanks to our facilitators and training for active participation in the training. 

 

 

 

Apr 9, 2018

Courage to speak out

This story is about Jayanti (name changed), a 15-year-old girl studying in class 6 of Mahendra Secondary School. We met her through the Goal camp held on 20th March 2018 and she was very quiet and stayed alone most of the times. As the day progressed we were able to get closer to her and finally before the end of the program she came out strongly. She shared her story with us while wiping the tears flowing down her cheeks. She lives with her mother, stepfather and 3 years old stepsister. Her father passed away when she was young due to cancer and after a year or two, her mother remarried. Her stepfather is a mechanic and financially supports them. Her mother as well works as a maid but the income is quite less and she has to be dependent on her husband financially. Jayanti’s stepfather does seem to take advantage of this condition and harasses both Jayanti and her mother. She says   “My stepfather drinks a lot and abuses both me and my mother. He pretends to love me in front of the mother but while I am alone he scolds me, beats me and asks me to leave the house. I have not told about it to my mother for she might feel bad. I do want to talk to her but am scared as well “what if she does not listen to me?” because we are financially much dependent on him. But I am strong and I will talk with my mother to help me get the solution to this.”

We felt that the program has made a huge impact on her and given her the courage to speak up. She told she had not shared it with anyone else and now talking to us has given her a sense of relief. She told that before this she was depressed and did not feel like doing anything. Together with this, she shared that she was determined to make changes in the present scenario of her life.  Also the end sentence of her “But I am strong and I will talk to my mother to help me get the solution to this.” made us glad that she now had the courage to speak about the pain with us but most importantly with her mother. In addition to that, she shared that she is now motivated to study well and have good results in the coming days. Moreover, she wants to be a successful person and fine dancer.

Jan 24, 2018

Stay strong, work hard and never stop dreaming

 Bina is an 18 years old bright girl who comes from a remote village in the Bhojpur district of Nepal. At a young age, her mother left her husband, re-married and moved to Kathmandu. Bina was left in the village with her grandmother. Until grade 5 she attended a local village school and lived with her grandmother. When she was in grade 5 her mother invited her to live with her in Kathmandu.

After grade 10 Bina’s parents told her that she was old enough and that she needed to support her studies by herself. One of her aunts worked as a trekking guide in Pokhara so she decided to move in with her so she could work part-time and support her education.

 Bina joined EWN’s Basic Trekking Guide Training in 2017. After training she worked as an assistant and continued high school. She has been on many treks and is enjoying her life in Pokhara studying hard and working part-time as an assistant guide.  

Bina says "the training has brought a lot of changes in me. Before I used to be this shy, introvert girl who wouldn’t talk much with others and had very low self-confidence, but now I am a different person. I have developed self-confidence; I am more social and feel comfortable engaging in conversations with everyone. I have become independent and able to make my own decisions.

From the money she makes trekking, she is able to pay her tuition fees, stationery supplies as well as contributing  50%  to expenses like rent, groceries with her aunt. Currently she is continuing her study and her trekking guide profession as well.

She is a very aspiring young girl who likes to learn new things, visit different places, and know different culture and traditions. In the future she wants to become a successful business manager and a professional female trekking guide.

 
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