The aim of the project in Chad is to develop Life Skills for young people in vulnerable situations, both inside and outside school, in order to equip them with knowledge, attitudes and healthy behaviours. The Life Skills sessions are aiming to support young people in adopting a healthy lifestyle, in a context of drug and alcohol abuse, AIDS, violence and gender-based violence that are wreaking havoc among young people.
An 18-year-old student who received an invitation to a Life Skills club from a peer is now working as a member of the awareness-raising team in Chad. “The change I've observed in myself relates to public speaking, self-confidence and respect for myself and others. I would also like to convey this change to other young people.”
Her motivation is to see young people change their behaviour in order to limit violence in schools and among young people in the neighborhood. “In my neighborhood, young people drink a lot of chicha and cases of violence increase without being reported”, she says. Thanks to Life Skills sessions, young people adopt lower-risk behaviour, which also leads to lower consumption and an overall improvement in quality of life.
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Peer educators are trained regularly in Chad. They serve as potential role models for their peers and are mainly responsible for the after school life skills clubs. These life skill clubs are “training” space where the youth can practice their life skills, debate, prepare theatres, songs, dances, do sport activities and live in a healthy and positive environment. It keeps the children and youth off the streets and away from alcohol and other drugs after the school.
Gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) have become an integrative part of all peer educators training camps.In Chad, many female peer educators attend training days focusing on gender equality and GBV. Female role models are invited to encourage the girls to believe in themselves and to speak up against violence. The facilitators report that the girls learn to freely express their feelings through slams, poems, songs and dances. This is a powerful experience for many girls.
Larissa from Chad tells us our story: “I was a shy and reserved girl, thanks to the training I was able to fight this and now I express myself in front of others, I share my problems and even sexual ones to get more advice and guidance to better manage my life and review some of my sexual behaviours. I have been able to share with my parents and this has allowed me to live in peace at home.”
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By Anna Schwaller | Project & Administration Assistant
Global Women's Week
On the occasion of Global Women's Week, the Tchadian Blue Cross launched a conference to raise awareness on rights and peacebuilding at a college in Ardepdjoumal. In this way, the Chadian Blue Cross hopes to help raise awareness and initiate concrete actions for gender equality and peace.
The conference was facilitated by a gender expert who addressed the theme of the year "Women, Peace, Justice and Reconciliation for an Egalitarian Chad". After the conference, there was an interactive exchange with the participants who were able to ask questions and share their experiences on gender equality and peace.
The event emphasised the promotion of women's rights and empowerment, which is essential for building a more peaceful society. The initiative aims to sensitise young people on gender equality and the promotion of peace for women by highlighting the challenges women face in their daily lives. Global Women’s Week is a celebration about women and an important reminder that we can find ways to leave no one behind! It’s all about celebrating equality and the uniqueness of everyone.
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