PCV 3 February 2010

Brief Project Description:

“Les Filles Leaders” – Girls Club of a Secondary School
Secondary School Cultural Days

At the conclusion of Camp Success 2009 in Djougou, four camp participants approached the PCV about forming a girls club at the secondary school as a way to empower and motivate fellow female students and to bring lessons learned at camp back to their community.

Midway through the school year, their club – “Les Filles Leaders” – is a great success. Over 50 female students have attended at least one meeting; roughly 25 girls are regular members. The club meets for two or three hours each Wednesday afternoon. Club activities have included question-and-answer sessions about reproductive health with a local midwife and RCH PCVs; discussions about self-confidence, peer pressure, future aspirations, early pregnancies and sexual harassment in schools; bracelet-weaving, keychain-making, and dodgeball.

To share their knowledge and spread the message of girls’ empowerment, club members will perform two skits during the secondary school’s Cultural Days on Thursday, March 4th and Friday, March 5th, 2010. The first skit focuses on safe sex and the importance of wearing condoms to avoid sexually transmitted infections and to prevent early and unwanted pregnancy. It encourages openness and honesty between sexual partners. The second skit is about sexual harassment in schools. It encourages victims of harassment to seek support from school administrators, parents, and friends. Both skits were written by the girls under the supervision of the PCV and a history teacher at the secondary school.

GAD Small Project funding is requested to provide the girls with t-shirts at reduced cost. Girls will wear the t-shirts to attend and perform at the Cultural Days and again and again throughout the year. The shirts will be a visible sign of the girls’ unity, pride, and strong spirit and designate them as positive role models for their fellow students.

Dates of Project: March 4-5th, 2010
Number of People Involved:

“Les Filles Leaders,” the Girls Club, is comprised of 25 female students. These girls have attended meetings and participated in club activities throughout the school year. At the Cultural Days, these girls will perform skits they have written about condom use and sexual harassment. The writing and performance of these skits has required club members to think about important themes such as sexual health and girls’ empowerment and to develop their writing, public-speaking, and acting skills. It is hoped that their participation in this activity will strengthen their self-confidence and positive self-image and encourage them to speak out about such important topics in the future.

Audience members will include upwards of 200 members of the secondary school community: fellow students (both male and female), teachers, administrators, and parents. Audience members will be encouraged to think about the important themes of sexual health and girls’ empowerment as they watch the group of strong, motivated girls perform their skits.

Club Advisor: 1 adult female PCV
Club Members: 25 young female HCNs
Audience: (Approximate) 150 young male HCNs; 50 young female HCNs; 25 adult male HCNs; 10 adult female HCNs

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
T-shirts 25 1.000 CFA 25.000 CFA
Total Cost 25.000 CFA

Amount Requested: 25.000 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: This is a good T-Shirt proposal – it is clear why and how the t-shirts will be used. I assume the additional 500 F will come from the girls themselves? Recommend funding.
GAD Finance: I agree. She should remember to remember to report the ages of the participants in the Activity Report. Recommend funding.
GAD Specialist: This is a good example of a success story and follow up to activities. Recommend funding.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
The Girls Club of the secondary school, “Les Filles Leaders,” performed two skits during their school’s Cultural Days on Thursday, March 4th and Friday, March 5th, 2010.

The first skit focused on safe sex. It emphasized the importance of wearing condoms to avoid sexually transmitted infections and to prevent early and unwanted pregnancy. It encouraged openness and honesty between sexual partners. The second skit was about sexual harassment in schools. It encouraged victims of harassment to seek support from school administrators, parents, and friends. Both skits were written by the girls under the supervision of the PCV and a history teacher at the secondary school.

GAD Small Project funding was used to provide the girls with t-shirts at reduced cost. Girls wore the t-shirts to attend and perform at the Cultural Days. The shirts were be a visible sign of the girls’ unity, pride, and strong spirit and designated them as positive role models for their fellow students. The girls continue to wear the shirts to attend club meetings and other events.

Dates of Project: March 4-5, 2010
Number of People Involved:
Club Advisor: 1 adult female PCV
Project Aide: 1 adult male HCN
Club Members: 25 young female HCNs
Audience: (Approximate)
-150 young male HCNs
-50 young female HCNs
-25 adult male HCNs
-10 adult female HCNs

Goals of Project:
The first goal of this project was to empower and encourage female students. The second goal was to share information about safe sex and the problem of sexual harassment in schools in order to encourage behavior change. The third goal was to demonstrate the talents and strengths of female students to the broader community and to convey an overall message of the importance of girls’ empowerment.

All project goals were met. The members of the girls club were certainly empowered and encouraged through their participation in this project. The girls wrote and performed their own skits; they led the school parade; they were highlighted as school leaders throughout the Cultural Days festivities. They wore their t-shirts and marched together with pride. The performance energized the girls for future endeavors, as they immediately began planning new skits for next year’s celebration and talking about other ways they could educate their peers about safe sex and help combat sexual harassment in schools.

The skits successfully conveyed information about safe sex and the problem of sexual harassment in schools. The first skit focused on a young couple. They want to have sexual relations, but the girl wants to use protection and the boy refuses. The girl stays strong and consults her mother, while the boy is advised by a friend to use condoms to protect himself and prevent problems like STIs and unintended pregnancy. The boy changes his mind and the happy couple agrees to have safe sex. The second skit showed a young girl who refuses her teacher’s advances. When the teacher retaliates with punishment and bad grades, the girl seeks her friends’ and parents’ support. Her parents take her to the school director, who confronts the teacher and puts an end to the harassment.

Both skits presented images of strong, intelligent, empowered young women and demonstrated healthy decisions and behavior for young people. By showcasing girls’ talents and showing strong female characters, the project demonstrated to the community the importance of girls’ empowerment. Parents, teachers, and other students witnessed and were impressed by the girls’ skills, knowledge, and motivation, and many praised the girls for their success.

Strengths of Project:
The greatest strength of this project was that the girls led the project. Girls wrote, cast, performed in, and directed the skits. The PCV and a fellow school teacher provided guidance regarding acting techniques and logistical support, but girls were “in charge.” They were highly motivated, organizing rehearsals even when PCV could not be present and ensuring good attendance from all members. The project would not have been nearly as successful had the girls not been such active, eager participants.

Challenges of Project:
The timing of this project was difficult, as the Cultural Days were held the week following the school’s February break, when the PCV and many girls were traveling. Scheduling rehearsals in the days leading up to the performance was a challenge, but in the end girls found time to work together.

Budget:

Item Number Cost
T-shirt 25 25.000 CFA
Total Cost 25.000 CFA
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