Girls Education Challenge
This project, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by a consortium led by Relief International and including GRT, CISP, ADRA, CfBT and the African Future and Somali Service in partnership with the Ministry of Education, aimed at inspiring change in Somalia and ensuring marginalized girls have the opportunity to obtain an education by attending school and graduate as empowered women able to break the cycle of poverty.
The main goal of this project is to ensure education for marginalized girls in Somalia and in doing so to guarantee a better future for them and their families. As well as enroll girls into schools, the project aims at reducing the level of school drop, that without this intervention would be up to 69%.
GRT provided psychosocial support and training in all locations.
Description of Activities:
In order to achieve the project's goal a list of activities needed to be carry out, in particular intensive door-to-door recruitment of marginalized girls has been conducted and dialogue with influential actors - such as clan elders and teachers - have been carried out.
As well as this, women's advocacy groups have been engaged in girls' mentorship and psychosocial support and girls have been provided with sanitary kits in order to facilitate their menstrual hygiene. A scholarship for the most deserving students and teacher have been introducted too.
GRT's main role in the project was to provide and assist with psychosocial support, including home visits, and ensure the well-being of girls.
The beneficiaries of this project are 27,750 Somali marginalized girls aged 6 to 19, who hail from urban poor, rural and internally displaced (IDPs) populations. In particular the project will improve the living conditions of 10,000 marginalized girls in Somaliland, 10,000 marginalized girls in Puntland and 7,750 girls in South-Central Somalia. Among these, particular attention will be paid to vulnerable, orphaned and disabled girls.
The main results this project achieved have been the support given to the marginalized Somali girls to enrol and stay in schools and the support given to the primary and secondary schools in order for them to be able to provide more gender sensitive environment for learning. As well as this, support has been provided to the Ministries of Education too in order for them to lead in promoting girls' education and undertake routine monitoring of gender equality in education.
Moreover, the Somali communities, mothers and girls themselves have been sensitised on the importance of their participation in education policies and in the planning, monitoring and budgeting for their schools.
GRT have been providing trainings on Psychosocial support to Girls Club leaders, Teachers and Mentors Female in all 3 locations, Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia.