Girl Empowerment

1. Girls and boys in targeted schools have basic supplies of personal effects

BPE undertakes an assessment to learn the students’ access to basic needs like toiletries and other personal effects in the identified schools and deploys fundraising efforts to support girls who cannot afford basic needs.

2. Increased access to second chance education for both in and out of school girls

BPE provides second chance education for both in and out of school girls from the targeted schools. For the out of school girls, Literacy and numeracy skills are provided through a nine-month youth functional literacy programme delivered at the community level using an already developed and certified curriculum. The curriculum continues to be modified to include effective aspects of sexual reproductive health including community specific functional areas such as parenting, reproductive health education and practical sessions.

3. Integrated youth friendly services, resources and structures, addressing Relationship and sex education (RSE), Sexual and reproductive health education (SRHE) , HIV/AIDS and Gender-based violence (GBV) in place for both in and out of school girls.

Life skills education that incorporates comprehensive sexuality education sessions for both in and out of school girls are provided through specially adapted curricula that are contextual and in keeping with local values. BPE works to integrate key RSE in youth friendly activities in sports and arts. The program also links schools to youth friendly health services, GBV prevention and management structures within their communities to promote access to Youth friendly health services (YHFS) including HIV counselling and testing, treatment, care and support. Needs based support is provided to networks of girls living with HIV and post- test clubs.

4. Adolescent girls are informed and empowered to participate and take on leadership positions within the school and the community.

The project provides girls of all ages with opportunities for direct involvement in the outcomes through strategic participation. Based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that provides for participation as a basic right, forums to exercise this are hosted through strengthened in and out of school clubs. In schools, elected school councils that function to facilitate functional participation in ensuring other rights are met continue to be established.

Drawing on adolescent participation and leadership opportunities for girls, the project supports the convening of leadership forums where critical girl child indicators are advocated for. A phased network of new leaders among girls and mentors are supported to anchor attitudinal change from within the girls. Vulnerable and adolescent girls in difficult situations such as early marriage, pregnancies and persons living with HIV (PLWHIV) are targeted. The project provides models of strengthening resilience and coping mechanism among the adolescent girls. These include, but are not limited to, providing simple economic survival income generating activities (e.g. producing sanitary towels), entrepreneurship training and locally based saving and credit schemes.

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