Boxgirls Girls' Afterschool Leadership Education

by Cameron Project Group


Girls are challenged every day by violence in their communities. Boxgirls "Girls' Afterschool Leadership Education" works with girls in 20 primary schools located in the urban townships of Khayelitsha. Female peer-facilitators coach grade 5 girls in de-escalation strategies, communication skills, life skills and good learning habits over half a school year. In April 2017 Boxgirls Afterschool Leadership Club will reach nearly 90% of all Primary Schools in Khayelitsha.
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Across the globe girls and women face a daily threat of violence. Underserved townships like Khayelitsha are dangerous places for girls. Boxgirls creates self spaces for girls and offers self-defense and leadership training to teach the girls and young women self-confidence, increase their self-esteem and girls' ability to defend themselves against gender based violence. Furthermore afterschool homework club helps girls improve their academic performance.


The Boxgirls Leadership Education provides girls with a comprehensive curriculum delivered by female peer educators in 20 primary schools in Khayelitsha. Girls learn about deescalation techniques, brain gym excercises, modules on first aid, nutrition and health. We work with existing local initiatives that seek to broaden their programs. We also train and employ female peer educators who gain more experience, acquire computer skills and improve their chances on the labor market.

Long-Term Impact

Girls and women who have social and sport skills, can solve problems and defend themselves change the climate of the violent neighborhoods they live in. The girls and young women also go on to share their skills with their friends and families. We improve girls' academic performance and motivation through afterschool leadership clubs. Boxgirls provides training for peer educators and thus increases chance of young women in Khayelitsha on the labor market.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
Website: http:/​/​
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CamP Group
Social enterprise focused on child protection and safe communities.
Berlin, Germany

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