This year, WGEP is excited to partner with the U.S. Embassy in Senegal to create our third program, Our Sisters Lead! Emerging leaders among high school girls in Sokone will be empowered to become change agents in their own communities through a series of workshops and hands-on service projects. These inspiring young women will then become mentors and role models to young girls who face similar challenges in their everyday lives.
WGEP officially kicked off the program last month with a ceremony for the 207 excited participants in Sokone.Students, teachers, local officials from the Ministry of Education, municipal leaders and officials from the US Embassy were all invited to attend. The local radio station even broadcasted the event.
The girls are embracing their roles of change-makers already: they now refer to themselves by adding the term “leader” after their first name — Khady is now Khady-leader, and Mariama is now Mariama-leader!
Local education officials, the school principal and teachers are very supportive of the program and committed to ensuring its success. WGEP intends to use this year as a pilot with the goal of expanding to other high schools in the region!
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