The education of many girls in Sierra Leone is threatened by early marriage, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic workload, etc. As a result of one or more of these factors, many girls drop out of school permanently. This project will address this by providing Psycho-social & Guidance Counseling for 30 Girls. The intervention is significant as it will empower the girls, providing them with knowledge and essential life skills that they need to succeed as women.
Teenage pregnancy has become rampant with attendant effects on health, social and economic progress of young girls in Sierra Leone. Girls lack access to information on sexual reproductive health and psycho-social and guidance counseling. Due to cultural and traditional beliefs and practices, most parents do not provide their girls with knowledge on sexual and reproductive health or even psycho-social support and guidance counseling. Consequently many girls end up dropping out of school.
This project will address the problem by providing appropriate knowledge and life skills to the girls. With these skills they will be better equipped to resist the challenges to their on-going education and empowerment. Local experts will facilitate the psycho-social, guidance and counseling sessions for 3 months. Focus will be placed on the sharing of life skills and empowering the girls to be successful future leaders. The girls with be motivated to stay in school and advance their careers.
These girls will be empowered with life skills and better able to overcome the challenges that they face. They will be able to continue and complete their education. As a result, their future employment opportunities will not be negatively affected. This timely intervention will bring real hope, helping them escape from potential future unemployment and poverty.
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