The primary objectives of the project are to address the issue of girls' education, and address the root causes that hinder their full participation and attendance, which have also been exacerbated as a result of COVID- 19. This will be done through school sessions and safe counselling groups, which will provide awareness and sensitize the students (including teenage boys) on the benefits of gender equity. The focus of the intervention will be to reduce the number of out of school girls.
Girls experience higher rates of exclusion from education than boys, and are most likely to never attend or drop out of school. One of the reasons is limited resources. Parents tend to prefer educating a boy child rather than a girl child. Girls who have reached puberty also tend to miss out on school time during their menstrual cycle, for the stigma attached to this occurrence, but also for the limited availability of menstrual products and poor water and sanitation facilities in the schools.
Through sensitization sessions carried out at safely, the project will engage parents and the community on the importance of educating girls. Through school based meetings held with boys and girls, together or separately depending on the topic, and in collaboration of the guidance of counselling professional, the project will address the taboos of menstruation and empower the girls with knowledge for them to feel comfortable to attend school during their menstruation.
The project* will address safeguarding issues such as gender equality, child protection & gender inclusion, creating awareness of sexual health education in our Community and could be extended to other community schools. The project will educate girls about their basic human rights, benefits of not dropping out of school, their well-being, safety and the part they can play in making their community a better place. *The project will be implemented respecting the COVID-19 protocols in Zambia.