Wow, three years have flown by since we started working with the students of Acaxochitlán (pronounced Ah-kah-tzo-cheet-lhan), Hidalgo!
In August, we told you about how much has changed since we started this program and the men wanted us to leave for talking about sexual and reproductive health (even though teen pregnancy is one of the biggest reasons why girls drop out of middle school). From participatory sessions with parents to workshops with teachers, to in-classroom activities with girls and boys, we have been hard at work with the community to reduce the school drop-out of indigenous girls by changing social norms and reducing teen pregnancy, dating violence and addictions.
Since that last report, our evaluation team has been pouring over all three years of evaluation data, and we are excited to share the results with you.
Today, girls in Acaxochitlán have achieved:
- Strong practices that prevent violence
- Strong practices of gender equity
- Strong practices that promote healthy masculinity
- Strong knowledge on pregnancy prevention and STIs.
Listening to how these girls talk about their dreams, you know their world is forever opened. And their male peers now express masculinity in a healthy way and know how to prevent pregnancy and violence. Thank you for making this change possible! You should be proud of what you helped achieve.
Looking to the future, we have results that enable us to us strengthen the program further. The evaluation shows that with each passing year, teachers obtain more and more knowledge on the different risks, and continue to build their skills on how to address them in their classrooms. Parents, however, still need more support. And the evaluation found that students grow a lot in the first two years of the program, but not as much in the final year. This gives us important insights that girls and boys can be reached primarily in the first two years, and then in year 3 work more heavily with those who raise them, lead them and teach them.
We have shared these results with partners across the United States and Latin America. Your impact is reaching girls not just in our program, but in programs around the region. Thank you!
We can´t wait to tell you about what is coming next. Stay tuned!
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