The Back to School (B2S) program includes our most recent initiative – the A, B, Cs for Change group. The B2S program operates on several levels – the first being the monitoring of girl’s attendance rates at their formal education setting, the second being the provision of financial support to selected candidates and the third being the ‘Back 2 School Packs’ – exercise books and stationary equipment – that have been supplied to over 500 students at the beginning of each new school year.
The first level of the B2S program is monitoring. As part of their involvement within the community, members of SFLIG closely monitor the school attendance rates of young girls and target any that are not regularly attending. The staff liaises with the school, the child and the family to discuss the reasons for a low attendance level and devise solutions that will see the child return to school. This has proven to be beneficial as in many cases the attendance of the girl has increased.
The second aspect of the B2S program includes financial support for selected girls to complete Junior and Senior High School. There has also been support given in providing girls with the equipment they need to succeed in school e.g. mattresses, stationary, uniforms etc.
And finally, the B2S program fundraises to provide 500 boys and girls with stationary packs for the beginning of the school year.
Under the umbrella of the B2S program is our new initiative – the A, B, Cs for Change group. This is a newly established reading and writing group focused on improving the literacy rates of young girls in the community. Facilitators of the program are currently being trained in pedagogical techniques, and will work from a set curriculum to ensure the highest standards of instruction are reached. Each of these activities is aimed at improving educational outcomes for young girls. It is a well-known fact that education is the key to unlocking the potential of girls in nation building. This program offers a variety of support networks for young girls to ensure they are exercising their fundamental right to education.