Building Communities’ is an Initiative Africa designed project targeting mostly girls in grades 9 -12 who have a desire to graduate, as well as out of school youths who wish to improve their opportunities.
EMPOWERING YOUNG GIRLS – Building Communities’ is an Initiative Africa designed project targeting mostly girls in grades 9 -12 who have a desire to graduate, as well as out of school youths who wish to improve their opportunities. The initiative is mainly about getting girls in secondary school and ensuring they receive a quality education to transform their future. It also provides entrepreneurship education to girls in secondary schools and to drop-outs who are keen to enter the employment world. The ‘EMPOWERING YOUNG GIRLS’ framework puts the rights based approach into practice; the project’s objectives have emerged from IA’s strong conviction that when women are educated, transformation begins. Education and active participation in schools enables women to become central agents of social change, changing the future for their children. The project which targets 130,000 secondary students, mostly girls, is based on the Education for All (EFA) goals. Ensuring EFA is a global and national priority as a fundamental human right that enhances individual freedom as well as provides significant benefit to society as a whole. The project cost stands at SEK16 million with an implementation period of three years. The target regions are Addis Ababa, Amhara, Afar, Dire Dawa, Oromiya, SNNP and Tigray. It will be implemented in 110 schools across Ethiopia in 92 Woredas in 7 Regions in collaboration with region authorities, NGOs/CSOs and local communities, to ensure that over 130,000 young girls and boys in the targeted woredas have access to quality education and self-development opportunities. The content of the project is composed of four inter-related components:
1. The barriers that keep girls out of secondary school;
2. School quality improvements including the provision of textbooks, students mentoring, support to teachers’ professional development, basic infrastructure in schools, i.e. libraries, laboratories, latrines, sporting facilities;
3. Reduction of school violence against girls; and
4. Empowerment of young girls through entrepreneurship training.
The project is simple: give, unprivileged girls the access to quality learning resources and support to empower them to change their own lives and the lives of the community in which they live. This is achieved by working with grassroots level NGOs/CSOs (sub-grantees) to support the ‘EMPOWERING YOUNG GIRLS’ project objectives. Sub-grantee partners are expected to bring technical knowhow, training, community organization knowledge and expertise, to meet the specific needs of students, teachers and schools.