TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS

 

Leave No Girl Behind: TEAM Girl Malawi is a new five-year project under DFID’s Girls Education Challenge. The project will transform the lives of thousands of highly marginalised, out-of-school girls, to build their literacy and numeracy skills, improve their sexual and reproductive health, and enable them to transition into school, training or employment. Over the next five years, TfaC will train 155 Agent of Change teachers to work with 5,000 out-of-school girls in Dedza, Lilongwe and Mchinji Districts.

As part of the TEAM (Transformative Empowerment for Adolescent Girls in Malawi) project, we support girls to realise their sexual and reproductive health rights, through delivery of weekly Girls’ Club workshops in each of the 40 targeted communities. The clubs use our unique and interactive approach to promote personal development skills and cover important and relevant sexual and reproductive health topics, from child marriage and early pregnancy, to HIV prevention and menstruation. 

Our safeguarding team provide tailored and responsive crisis counselling sessions to girls affected by sexual abuse, and follow-up and respond to all reports of abuse.

In addition, we work with key stakeholders within each community and at district level to keep girls safe and protected. We provide essential training in safeguarding and child protection, and have set-up Community Listening Clubs whose members actively participate in Interactive Radio Dramas that address current child protection issues. 

Our work is one piece of a wider and holistic project response to the individual, complex and multiple marginalisation each girl experiences. Our partner Link is running Complementary Education Centres (CBE) to improve the girls’ literacy and numeracy skills, and working to equip schools to welcome and nurture those who return or join mainstream education. For those girls who choose to enter training or employment after completing the CBE programme, our partners Supreme and Microloan will offer vocational training, business development and access to loans.

I have more friends now than before, and that can make me feel safe with people to go to.

Girls' Club participant