Aug 17, 2020

Grandmothers can help stop FGM

Grandmother Leaders support girls to stop FGM/C
Grandmother Leaders support girls to stop FGM/C

Due to the Coronavirus, schools in Velingara have been closed since mid-March and will not reopen until November. There are no distance learning opportunities, as most families do not even have a radio or schoolbooks. This situation puts girls at a higher risk for FGM, child marriage, teen pregnancy and drooping out of school.

 

Grandmothers play a role as guardians and transmitters of cultural norms and practices across Africa and in all contexts where FGM is practiced. In our approach, grandmothers are actively engaged, and they are given a central role in the process of abandonment.   Other community members who influence FGM directly or indirectly are also involved in GMP-supported activities, catalyzing community-wide dialogue to promote community-driven abandonment.

 

Grandmothers are fundamental to the socialization and education of girls. Thanks to the support of grandmothers, girls’ fundamental rights and well-being are championed both within their families and the communities in which they live.

Grandmothers can help change harmful traditions.
Grandmothers can help change harmful traditions.
Grandmothers ensure girls a safer, brighter future
Grandmothers ensure girls a safer, brighter future
Jul 2, 2020

Fatoumata wants to go to school

Fatoumata can't wait to get back to school.
Fatoumata can't wait to get back to school.

Fatoumata just turned 9 and all she wants for her birthday is to go back to school so she can continue learning about her favorite subject: math. Because of COVID-19, since mid-March schools are closed, and because Fatoumata lives in Némataba, a poor, rural area of southern Senegal, there is no opportunity for distance learning. In fact, like the majority of her friends from school, her family has no radio and she has no access to schoolbooks. Fatoumata and her schoolmates are already behind their counterparts from urban areas in Senegal; no school for almost 6 months only ensures they remain behind.

 

To ensure Fatoumata will be prepared to start fourth grade in September, GMP has decided to use some of the donations to the “Empowering grandmothers for children’s education” project to support a summer educational program, which will bring teachers, grandmothers and children to support children’s learning and cultural awareness. Fun, engaging activities about traditional knowledge and culture will be coupled with a robust program of reinforcement in French language and mathematics to ensure that Fatoumata and many other primary schoolchildren are not left behind.

 

GMP aims to reach 2,000 primary schoolchildren across communities throughout the Némataba and Kandia communes in the department of Vélingara. Once schools reopen in September, GMP will begin the training of grandmothers and teachers so they may continue working together to improve school attendance and performance. Now, more than ever, we must concentrate on improving quality education for children in southern Senegal. With your help and the grandmothers we are sure to succeed!

Grandmothers teach children COVID-19 prevention.
Grandmothers teach children COVID-19 prevention.
Grandmothers are an important educational resource
Grandmothers are an important educational resource
GMP donated 1,000 bars of soap to local villages.
GMP donated 1,000 bars of soap to local villages.
 
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