One Girl

    2018 Grant Recipient

    Supporting girls in Sierra Leone so they can change their world

    100 Women provided a grant of $30,000 to One Girl Australia to support the operations of Girls Clubs in ten communities in Freetown and regional locations across northern Sierra Leone. Girls Clubs provide business management, health and life skills training to extremely vulnerable girls who are not in school or are at risk of dropping out of school.

    In Sierra Leone, only 40% of eligible girls are enrolled in secondary school and of this number, only 16% go on to complete high school. The low participation rate is the result of social, cultural and economic factors that combine to create overwhelming barriers for girls to attend and complete school.

    This in turn affects a girl’s chances of becoming an empowered woman, capable of making and fulfilling independent choices about her and her family’s health, education and well-being, creating a cyclical issue that repeats itself from generation to generation.

    Business Brains Program

    The Girls Clubs complement in-school and scholarship activities of a broader Business Brains program, which aims to give young women and girls greater agency to manage their own health and lead productive lives.

    Business Brains was designed and is now led by the communities themselves. To implement the program, volunteer peer-educators are recruited directly from communities through close local consultation. Community Boards, established in each community, meet regularly to monitor, evaluate and support the clubs. The engagement and strengthening of existing community resources is at the core of the initiative and helps ensure long-term ownership and sustainability.

    Change is occurring

    With formal schooling simply not being an option for the most vulnerable sections of society, the Girls Clubs initiative is filling a vital gap. Participation in Girls Clubs has demonstrated positive outcomes for girls and young women, including returning to school, improved earnings through their business and safe menstrual hygiene methods.

    These are significant changes as teenage mothers and out-of-school girls face even greater barriers than their peers due to stigma and cultural implications of pregnancy and entrenched gender norms.

    The impact of this program goes beyond the participants themselves and to their families and broader community as it challenges perceptions and provides a culture that encourages girls to become leaders and advocates for girls’ rights and girls’ education, long after the conclusion of the program.

    Summary

    – In Sierra Leone, only 40% of eligible girls are enrolled in secondary school and of this number, only 16% go on to complete high school.

    – A 100 Women grant was provided to support the operations of Girls Clubs in ten communities, which provide business management, health and life skills training to extremely vulnerable girls who are not in school or are at risk of dropping out of school.

    – The Girls Clubs complement in-school and scholarship activities of the Business Brains program, which aims to give young women and girls greater agency to manage their own health and lead productive lives.

    – With the skills and knowledge gained from the Business Brains program, participants are given the opportunity to start a small business, increase their social status, and be more educated and empowered to reach their full potential.

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