Our first major, three-year project tackling child marriage and promoting girls’ rights was completed this year and has educated thousands of children and adults on the rights of all children and trained people at all levels of society to continue protecting and promoting them.
We have established 250 adolescent clubs boasting 10,649 young members and counting! Among them, 235 junior ambassadors are now leading the youth movement for child rights in their communities. These impressive young champions have already helped prevent children from dropping out of school, being married and from harm.
61 adults in rural communities have been trained as volunteer health campaigners and are now promoting family health services and particularly the importance of professional antenatal care and safe birth. This also supports our efforts to reduce the high prevalence of disability in these communities, often arising from complications during child birth without a qualified attendant.
420 at-risk women have been supported with training and microloans, and we’ve seen benefits of this beyond their economic empowerment. As well as now being able to cover the costs of their children’s school supplies, these women now claim to have greater influence and authority at home and in their communities, all helping to raise the status of women in traditionally patriarchal societies, and to unlock their potential.
We have also worked with 268 head teachers, 108 health staff and 7 School Health Education Program coordinators, improving sexual and reproductive health education and services across the region.
Improving attainment and quality of primary education