Empower and educate 800 girls in South Africa

by Cameron Project Group
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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' 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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Graduation Event
Graduation Event

We have a very successful and exciting year behind us. We'd like to thank all Boxgirls Friends: donors who believe in our work, those who spread the word about girls' right to education or fight against violence against girls and women. We are grateful for every little contribution to our work. 

End of November participants of Boxgirls Girl' Afterschool Leadership Education met during a graduation event to celebrate achievements they've made throughout the programme. 

Over hundred girls graduated from the programme end of November after 12 weeks of curriculum delivered twice a week by fantastic and supportive peer educators. Girls learned how to protect themselves from violent situations, took part in activities aiming at imporving their self-esteem and self-efficacy. School girls celebrated their big day together with Boxgirls Team, peer educators and volunteers.

A very important goal of Boxgirls Leadership Programme is improvement of girls academic performance which we want to achieve through regular homework support for all programme participants. In Homework Clubs girls mainly solve math tasks and work on improving their English language skills. Girls have very often problems with understanding the test questions. Thus peer educators support girls with understanding the questions so that girls are able to solve mathematic problems by their own at the end of the programme. 

We are very proud of all girls who attended Boxgirls Afterschool Leadership Programm over last months. We are looking forward to welcoming 10 new schools and new programme participants already next week. 

Thank you for your support!

We wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2016!

Your Boxgirls International Team 

Laureen, project manager of Boxgirls South Africa
Laureen, project manager of Boxgirls South Africa
Peer educators work with girls three times a week.
Peer educators work with girls three times a week.
Graduation Event
Graduation Event

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School girls structurize ideas via a mind-map
School girls structurize ideas via a mind-map

Dear friends,


The Boxgirls Homework Club gives girls the chance to improve scholastic competences and achieving higher grades in school.

Each Saturday we provide a two hours session in English. Focused on math and test-taking skills, we want to give an optimal preparation for their exams. The sessions consist of different learning parts: group learning, individual learning and problem solving. The lessons are combined with activity games, so the girls can stay concentrated. Moreover by teaching predominantly in English, the girls improve their English understanding and English speaking skills. Creating a math dictionary helps them to remember important vocabulary they will need to understand the exam-questions. Another point in the Homework Club-session is creating individual study plans; the ability to organize and manage your time. The girls are encouraged to ask questions when they do not understand. Therefore it is important to us, to create an atmosphere of trust where everybody feels comfortable and gets attention of other girls and peer educators.

Homework Club aims at improving girls ability to solve problems on their own and become more confident at school.

Thank you very much for your support.

With your help we are able to keep the Boxgirls Homework Club running.

 

Your International Boxgirls Team

Girls attending Homework Club
Girls attending Homework Club
Saturday Homework Club
Saturday Homework Club

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Guests at Boxgirls Event in Isikhokelo
Guests at Boxgirls Event in Isikhokelo

Dear Friends,

Hurray! Last Saturday Primary school Girls organized their own fantastic event on Women's Day at Isikhokelo in Khayelitsha. 

Just couple weeks ago Boxgirls started with a new project "Boxgirls Girls' Afterschool Clubs" in five primary schools. It was a very busy and exiting time for girls in Khayelitsha. We are very happy to see, how girls are engaged in the programme, active and taking initiative. 

Last Saturday Boxgirls South Africa organized an event, where all participants had a chance to meet and present their work to other girls and adult guests of the event. Girls from all five schools participating in the programme were engaged in preparation of the Women's Day. During the event girls were presenting their different acitivities to teachers, parents, school principles and other guests. The day started with a fantastic and vigorous dance show, followed by choral singing, poems´ recitation, rap show and games. We are very proud of Boxgirls young leaders!

Thank you for supporting these fantastic girls and theri education. With your donation you help girls improve their social skills and become self-confident women. 

Your Boxgirls International Team

Girls at the event in Isikhokelo Primary School
Girls at the event in Isikhokelo Primary School
Saturday Homework Club
Saturday Homework Club
Tutors introduce Homework Club plan
Tutors introduce Homework Club plan

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Boxgirls Club in Khayelitsha
Boxgirls Club in Khayelitsha

Thanks to your support we can go even further !!!

This July we start our new programme in five primary schools in Khayelitscha, South Africa. In only couple weeks girls will start 12-weeks leadership and anti-GBV training programme in Boxgirls' Girls Afternoon Clubs.

Andiswa Madikane, Boxgirls Coach in Khayelitsha works with girls in two schools. Girls learn basics of self-defense in boxing classes. Andiswa teaches girls life skills, they talk about Gender Based Violence (GBV) and how to prevent it.

Andiswa says about challanges that girls living and going to school in Khayelitsha have to face in their everyday life: "The problem here in Khayelitsha is that girls don't have people who they can talk to, they don't know which places to go to. The problems are high rate of teenage pregnancy, girls being raped, girls being abused or girls beeing beaten by fathers or  other people. There is a high rate of girls being robbed of their lunch money or lunch boxes at schools."

Andiswa explains how Boxgirls can change lifes of girls coming to Boxgirls girls' afterschools clubs: "Boxgirls helps girls with their self-confidence. When girls come to Boxgirls at the beginning they are shy, they are not open, they don't want to speak, some of girls are very shy so we help them with the Boxgirls programme be motivated and empowered and confident with themselves."

In five new sites this year and 20 schools next year Boxgirls will offer girls not only leadership training, training on strategies to prevent GBV, but also weekend homework support to motivate girls and help with their academic performance. Also in this field girls need lots of support. "At schools teachers have a problem because of the new curriculum, they give the kids a lot of work and then their parents can't help the kids, because they are not well educated." Another huge issue in Khayelitsha is high unempolyment rate. Most of parents are domestic workers, working far away from Khayelitsha, leaving home early in the morning and coming back at night. They don't have a chance to help their children with their school tasks. 

"I a classroom teachers have 20 girls and 25 boys" - says Andiswa. "There are 45 pupils per one teacher. And sometimes their homework take 2 hours". "We help them by helping with their homeworks. When they don't understand  something, they can ask me.(...) These girls feel very empowered when they can answer the questions to their teachers. That helps them improve their marks and their level of education."

Some of girls become role models and thus can motivate their peers to perform even better: "One of our girls have been picked to go and study in a collage. Some of girls saw that she was doing well in English and other subjects, so they ask her a lot of questions (...)"

Please support us in making girls' lifes safer and give them a chance to become role models themselves.

We are very grateful for each and every donation you make. Thank you.

Your BOXGIRLS International Team

Boxgirls Club in Khayelitsha
Boxgirls Club in Khayelitsha
Boxgirls Club in Vuzamanzi Primary School
Boxgirls Club in Vuzamanzi Primary School

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Cameron Project Group

Location: Berlin - Germany
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Social enterprise focused on child protection and safe communities.
Berlin, Germany

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