We are happy to report our last summer training program for girls as we prepare for the 2018 summer program. So far, we were able to conduct our first skill-building course on hand silk screen-printing with 18 girls.
Our programs gives girls a hands-on experience while working alongside skilled professionals who will help them develop job skills and expose them to possible rewarding careers. When girls in our community participate in a GCAF programs, their confidence increases, they learn professional values like excellence, leadership, teamwork, respect, commitment and innovation.
GCAF strives to ensure that all programs are interesting, exciting and relevant to the real world.
Our summer programs harnesses inner strengths, talents and develops them into professional skills which girls can use to earn a living or support, provide their needs in turn reduce dependency, social ills that affect young women and girls.
As we work towards achieving our goals in educating girls, we also encourage young girls to take advantage of the long summer holiday to learn new skills for possible livelihood option. Not every girl can afford a holiday course. So we provide free holiday classes on various skills. In the last summer break, we were able to train about 18 girls In Enugu and Lagos states Nigeria.
We called in girls from the local schools and through the local radio station while most of the girls went on back to their villages with their parents. We had girls coming in from communities in Enugu and neighboring states like Ebonyi because, it was announced on the radio. We chose to work with a fewer number of girls who showed interest and were enthusiastic about learning new skills.
The girls were trained on a 3 –day workshop with topics around self-realization (self-determination knowledge), importance of social media in every student's life (access information, provide information and communication), body posture, and self-confidence.
Girls were asked to identify and list important social medial apps that are beneficial to today’s leadership and business. Prior to the workshop on importance of social media to student’s life, most of the girls did not know up to 2 social media apps. But by the end of the program, they had an idea on what they are used for and could list up to 10 that are beneficial to their studies.
In the remaining days of the summer program; they were taught to design, transfer and hand silkscreen on T-shirts. The girls were excited to write their words on their shirt, print on them successfully and put them on.
With their high energy and enthusiasm, girls were encouraged to be punctual, committed to their team during the sessions which made the holiday program worth the while. We look forwards to testimonials on how they have explored their new skills and learnings from the workshops.
We are particularly thankful for all the donors who supported us. We cannot take your resources for granted. We also want to thank those who gave in-kind supports during our programs like some of the equipment we used, the free drinks, the journalists who told our stories via the newspapers, television and radio.
While we are proud of all that we have accomplished so far with the summer class, we still have a long way to go in creating and developing safe spaces for girls to access quality education within the communities we serve around Nigeria.
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