Our self-perception forms the anchor for all our lives' decisions and choices. We have found that nurturing a positive self-image in our girls gives them the internal resources that they need to make positive decisions towards achieving their dreams.
This April, we facilitated a three-hour workshop for 60 girls at Stepping Stones Senior Girls School where some of our scholars go to school. We delved into the topic of self-identity - what it is, the factors that contribute to it, and how we can build a positive self-identity.
At the end of the day, it was encouraging to see the girls articulate their values and commit to living up to them. They also affirmed and encouraged each other, committing to create a safe space and holding each other accountable to their individual values and dreams. We're grateful for the support of our donors that make it possible for us to provide such tools to support the academic dreams of our girls.
Times are changing and they are changing fast! The education system as we knew it is quickly losing relevance and calling for innovation to meet the needs of this tech-savvy, very exposed generation. Girls are more aware of their rights than ever before and they are fearlessly breaking barriers and pursuing their dreams.
And yet so many challenges to achieving equity for girls still exist. In December, we were part of an event organized by a partner organization where we were one of the exhibitors showcasing our contribution to helping girls achieve their academic dreams. Through peer mentorship, sexual violence prevention education, and leadership development, we're empowering girls to become the leaders that are building a more equitable world.
Thank you so much for your donations. You are playing such an important role in building a better world for our girls!
Our scholars have beautiful dreams. Dreams of a violence-free world where every girl and boy has access to education and justice is normalized. We believe that they will lead us into this liberated world!
In our last leadership training session, they learned how to express their dreams through creative storytelling. During this outdoor event, each scholar brought a favorite picture of themselves and wrote their dreams through poetry, spoken word, and song. It was beautiful to see the spark in their eyes as they each spoke out their dreams.
We are so grateful that we are able to provide the holistic academic support that they need to pursue these dreams. We sincerely thank our donors who are an integral part of the dream team that is building this liberated world!
Last week, all 28 of our Freely in Hope scholars went back to school! During the school break, scholars participated in our annual retreat to reconnect, grow, and learn with each other. As the school schedule has been modified as a result of the pandemic, they are excited and eager to return to school for a new term and continue excelling academically. During the pandemic, many of our scholars increased a grade! Going back to school is very important for our scholars because they know what it's like to be forced to go home because they hadn't paid for their school fees. As a donor, your support makes their journey seamless so that they can achieve their academic dreams!
Our scholars were home for close to one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, we supported their academic dreams by providing safe housing, meals, counseling, and individualized tutoring. With the Government's directive to open schools, they have all resumed school under the new COVID-19 guidelines.
The back to school preparations was different from what we have done in the past as we needed to prepare the scholars to study in the safest way possible. This entailed purchasing masks and sanitizers for them and having talks on how to prevent themselves from exposure to the virus. We don't imagine that this will be easy but we're encouraged by the school's commitment to keeping the students safe and our scholars desire to pursue their academic dreams in spite of the challenges occasioned by the pandemic.
Many students in the country are struggling to study in a safe environment and so we're very grateful to our donors whose generous giving has made it possible for our scholars to pursue their academic dreams with all the resources they need to excel and stay safe and healthy.
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