One of the things that the girls learn as part of the AGEP ( Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program) is some of the life skills that can give them an income. The challenges that girls are confronted with—high rates of gender-based violence, unsafe sex that puts girls at risk for unwanted pregnancy and HIV infection, school dropout, lack of economic resources and income-generating options, lack of agency and participation—are linked together through their root causes.
Three years ago the garden project was introduced as part of the learning program. It’s not just a routine for the girls to go and help out with farm but it’s also used as a learning platform. The girls have learnt how to grow crops at their various homes. The skills have given them future income generation and the knowledge that they can provide for their family, now and in the future. The girls are also fed, which will help their concentration levels and learning capacity whilst in school. This fits in with the Global Goals #2 Zero Hunger and #4 Quality Education.
On the other we are busy putting things in place to kick start the building project with funds raised so far.
The Girl Impact lessons for both girls and boys are normally conducted under a big tree at Linda Community School. This has not stopped them from attending the lessons as they value of education. Education is knowing about the facts of life. In every part of our life we learn in different forms. Education is not to mug up, but just to understand how to create the world around us and how to sustain it for future generations and how to develop relations for existence. The role of education is meant for developing something new rather than relying on the old innovations. One should be able to identify what he knows and what he doesn’t know. Education is the only way to win the world. It is to think deeply about something till its roots and understand the intention behind it.
Once this community center is built it will enable us to conduct all the lessons there. From the adult literacy club, health talks to skills training. The past few months has seen us raise over $10,000 towards building. The funds raised so far will enable us to start stage one of the build project as the land is secured.
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