From 22nd-24th February 2011, VAP was invited by, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) to attend a workshop in Naivasha.The workshop which was organized under the auspices of Kenya Adolescent Girls’ Brain Trust was meant to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban.VAP’s Mrembo program was represented by Nancy Waweru, the Project Director who also did a power point presentation of Mrembo program.. In partnership with other organizations that have girls programs, Population Council has been hosting the Kenya Adolescent Girls' Learning Network (also called the "Brain Trust"). The goal of this project is to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban areas.
The learning network consists of three main components:
1. Learning conversations: The core group of learning network members will meet monthly to discuss the different areas relevant to programming for adolescent girls. Each month's discussion will focus on a different topic (e.g., conducting needs assessments, working with parents/guardians, developing leadership among adolescent girls, providing clinical services, and developing appropriate program topics and activities). The content of each discussion will be synthesized into a summary paper, and the overall content will be compiled into a set of tools and guidelines for use in adolescent girls' programming.
2. Technical assistance: Programs participating in the learning network have each committed to implementing at least one component from the learning conversations. Technical assistance is available in the forms of seed grants to provide initial funding for these activities, as well as sharing of knowledge and expertise among the participating members.
3. Adolescent girls' committee: Along with the learning conversations, a group of adolescent girls from the participating programs will meet monthly to discuss the topics of learning conversations, as well as plan exchange activities between the various girls' programs. Representatives from the committee also will attend the monthly learning conversations. in addition, the network will coordinate mentoring opportunities—both professional and youth-to-youth—for the adolescent girls involved.
MREMBO PROGRAM SPREADS OUT TO MORE SCHOOLS
Due the successful implementation of the Mrembo program in various schools within the Eastlands parts of Nairobi, the program has received huge demands from other schools located outside eastlands.Currently; Mrembo program is being conducted in 3 additional schools outside Eastlands.The 3 additional schools are Bondeni, kossovo and Mission of Hope all located within the larger slum of Mathare