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Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa

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Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa
Boxgirls at the After School Symposium
Boxgirls at the After School Symposium

Change the Game!      
As part of the community of practice, Boxgirls South Africa was invited to the Western Cape Government After School Symposium which took place on the 16th and 17th of February. The symposium was part of the After School Game Changer initiative that aims to increase the number of disadvantaged young learners in After School programs – in particular girls and young women.

One of the most emphasized points by attending thought leaders, NGOs, academics and practitioners from the government was the importance of involving the community into the education process. Parents that actively support their children’s attendance in After School Programs, significantly improve educational opportunities.

“We know that regular, well-structured after school programmes improve educational outcomes, reduce drop-out rates, increase self-confidence and improve potential for work placement”, Premier Helen Zille says.

With Boxgirls, we work at the core of this issue – and advocate for the right of girls to have education opportunities in violence-free neighbourhoods.

Strengthening the community      
With Boxgirls South Africa, three decisive pillars towards girls’ rights and education arise: Carrying out successful After School programs, creating strong networks and raising awareness for the demand and importance of such programs in public.     
Harnessing the energy of social initiatives and NGOs in the After School space is a crucial step towards increasing the quality of education – in particular in the most disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape.

In 2016, we were able to reach around 850 students in 19 different schools with the Boxgirls After School Club. As we are dedicated to strengthening the bonds between schools, children, parents and civil society organizations, we continue to organize community events and grasp advocacy work as a game changer, too.

“By working together we can ensure our young people are provided with the ladder of opportunity they need to make a success of their lives”, Premier Zille says. Or as Andiswa Madikane, Head Coach of Boxgirls, puts it: “Boxgirls South Africa is kicking down the doors that stand mid girls and their dreams”.


Best wishes and lots of thanks for your support,

Your Boxgirls team

Girls at the Boxgirls After School Club
Girls at the Boxgirls After School Club
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Community and Family members bring local produce
Community and Family members bring local produce

We’ve been busy.

There has been a firestorm of activity happening at our office in Khayelitsha, South Africa. From forming new partnerships to community building with other social impact organizations and networking with some of our old friends, BGSA has been at the forefront of advocacy and action around eliminating violence to girls and women.

The last week of November marks a very special occasion for those of us concerned and active in the fight against gender-based violence. Between 25 November and 10 December women’s rights activists, advocates and politicians unite in honor of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence or, as it’s become known on social media, #16Days.

The 16 Days of Activism is an international call to action sponsored by the United Nations to highlight the the hard work that is being done around the world to end gender-based violence.

On Saturday, November 26th, 100 Boxgirls from 8 different primary schools in Khayelitsha came together with Grassroots Soccer  and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) to honor the beginning of the #16Days advocacy campaign by getting active together. BGSA showed it’s support for the moment of  international solidarity by throwing a free community event and graduation celebration for our Boxgirls, their families and the entire neighborhood!

Our Boxgirls and Boxgirls Alumni showcased their talents through song and dance before breaking out into smaller teams to take on the boys from Grassroots Soccer in different games and sports stations around the event. The partnership between the three organizations is a joint effort to bring more community-based solutions to the violence, poverty and education issues in the township.

Community members contributed to the festive atmosphere by bringing local produce, food and music to celebrate the day of sports for young people and children. The #16Days event also served as a safe space for the girls to get active and to just be kids. As one of the most dangerous townships in Cape Town, Khayelitsha is limited in the number of public events that girls get to fully experience as relatively free of the threat of violence.

Boxgirls is dedicated to providing much-needed safe spaces and advocating for the right of girls everywhere to grow up and flourish in violence-free neighborhoods. This isn’t the first event that we’ve thrown with the community and it, certainly, won’t be our last! Sign up for our newsletter at www.boxgirls.org/home to stay up to date on how we’re reinventing sport, education and safety for girls in South Africa.

Boxgirls performing on stage
Boxgirls performing on stage
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This summer has been one of tremendous growth for Boxgirls South Africa (BGSA). We’re excited to announce that our Afterschool Leadership Club has been expanded, we've formed a new partnership with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation and were named one of the 24 featured projects in the 2016 Advent calendar by the German organization 24guteTaten e.V.

 

Our girls’ education and protection project in South Africa has reached new and exciting benchmarks. Last year we rolled out our Afterschool Leadership Club, a program that delivers twice-weekly, 90 minute instruction for primary school-aged girls in Khayelitsha, South Africa for 12 weeks. Since then, we’ve expanded the Afterschool Leadership club from operating in 5 schools to covering girls in 20 different Khayelitsha-area schools this fall.

 

That means that our program will be reaching 600 girls every week.

 

In their group clusters, girls will learn active listening and public speaking skills, they will build solidarity with other girls while learning about girls’ rights and they will become more aware of local resources and opportunities for them through activities like community mapping and guest speakers. On the weekends we hold Homework clubs that

 

Our partnership with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation will allow us to grow the impact of our project and to continue to position Boxgirls South Africa as a leader in the fight to protect girls and women from gender-based violence through sport.

 

Boxgirls South Africa has been featured across a range of media outlets this summer including numerous radio, television, and print sources in both South Africa and Germany, and around the world.

 

As we transition into the new academic year Boxgirls South Africa would like to send our sincerest thanks for your continued support. Every week, disadvantaged girls in South Africa are encouraged to dream big and given the tools to make those dreams a reality. We take great pride in our work and we look forward to sharing our successes and stories with you.

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April and May were the months of forward-looking events for Boxgirls South Africa. It was the perfect possibility to set the course for upcoming plans and prepare a new curriculum for the Afterschool Leadership Education program.

Together with the Laureus Foundation, the team in South Africa carried out some exciting project coordination, so that more girls can benefit from the program in future years. There was also space for exchange, how sports can trigger development, self-esteem and the importance for girls to stand up for their rights.

   

Earlier this year, founder and CEO Prof Heather Cameron, was a speaker at the panel of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. "Sport strengthens, builds and shows opportunities for own activities", she explains. "Sport is a mighty catalyst for social change." As sport is an important tool for sustainable development worldwide, Heather Cameron was inivited to the panel discussion as an expert guest for her experience from the field and her success with Boxgirls.

Further, the team in South Africa hosted a great teacher's event. The main objectives were getting feedback from the teachers regarding their work in classes and the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Thereby, the team worked on further improving the curriculum and making classes for girls even more valuable.

   

The Boxgirls Afterschool Leadership Education provides support for girls and young women in multiple ways. Be it through Math and English tutoring to improve their performance at school, activities and events in the community to raise awareness for the topic of gender equality and how to prevent gender-based violence as well as through cooperative games and pedagogical elements of sports.


Thank you for supporting the Boxgirls project!

All the best from your Boxgirls team,

Oliver Böck 

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Boxgirls' Girls in Khayelitsha
Boxgirls' Girls in Khayelitsha

“One of the things I like best is that I feel safe to share in the group, I can share my thoughts and there is always someone to help me when I have problems”, says 12-year-old Hope, part of Boxgirls’ Girls Afterschool Club. She celebrates International Women’s day together with over 400 other girls, caregivers and Boxgirls staff in Khayelitsha, South Africa. The day was an important event for all of them - they celebrated their work supporting girls’ rights and fighting gender based violence. Eight Afterschool Clubs presented their work on stage and showed to their parents and the community what they had learned in the program: “I attend the homework club every week and my teacher at school is really happy with me now. He said I was improving a lot, I understand the exercises better and it’s easier for me to keep up with the class”, 11-year-old Cebile announced proudly to the audience.

Andiswa Madikane, peer facilitator at Boxgirls, explained the success of the program:

I know a girl in the street where I am living. Her name is Andisiwe. I always knew her as a very shy and introverted person. One day she came to visit one of our afterschool sessions and seemed to be happy being with peers and talked about her issues with understanding math and English. So, we invited her to join our project. Now, after being part of Boxgirls she is confident, she can speak to anyone and is not shy to share her views anymore.”

Each and every single component of Boxgirls’ leadership trainings helps to uplift the girls’ self-esteem and self-efficacy. We create confident, empowered leaders who will take an active role in their school and community.

The day ended with the girls performing poems, songs and plays about strong women and women empowerment on stage. In the end, the whole audience danced and sang, celebrating their achievements and their day as women.

Thank you so much for your support to the Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs! Each and every donation helps us to keep the Afterschool Clubs running. With your help we provide a safe space for the girls, give media and leadership trainings, help them fight against gender based violence and support their development to strong women, actively shaping their community. Thank you!

 

All the best from Boxgirls team,

Deborah Schmitz

Celebrating International Women's Day!
Celebrating International Women's Day!
Girl in Boxgirls' Afterschool Club
Girl in Boxgirls' Afterschool Club
Celebrating excellent academic performance!
Celebrating excellent academic performance!

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