Online Project Showcase

Keeping Girls in School

  • Organisation:

    So They Can

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    91138063475

  • Scope of Activity:

    International

  • Geographic Location:

    Kenya, Nakuru and East Pokot

  • Target Groups:

    Mothers
    Rural / Regional
    Adolescents

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Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    AUD 18,000

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    AUD 5,000

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    AUD 13,000

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    Yes

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    Yes

  • DGR Additional Information:

    N/A

  • Other Funding Partners:

    N/A

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jul 2020
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 30 Jun 2021
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • So They Can currently works with two communities in Kenya – Nakuru and East Pokot where school attendance is extremely low, especially for the female population. Girls of 10 years and above undergo female genital cutting as a preparatory stage for marriage.

    “Keeping Girls in School” is a project which addresses the issue of declining school attendance rates and increasing drop-out rates of primary school girl students as they reach puberty, start menstruating and often become pregnant.

    Although menstruation is a universal experience, girls in rural and marginalized areas such as Nakuru and East Pokot face unique challenges related to its management. Girls often struggle to obtain information on menstruation and puberty due to lack of supportive staff at school and at the family level. In Kenya, many girls miss nearly 3-5 learning days every month due to limited access to sanitary products. Currently local schools don’t have adequate hygiene and sanitation facilities.
  • Project Description:
  • The goal of Keeping Girls in School is for girls to have access to quality education and to be able to complete primary and transition to secondary and higher education.
    So They Can supports school going girls with a sanitary towel solution and undergarments as well as guiding and counselling sessions on hygiene and sanitation and educational talks for boys with the desired outcome of improving the girls’ self-esteem and school attendance on days when they would otherwise not be able to attend.
    So They Can works at the community level - with parents, teachers and the wider community - to raise awareness of girls’/women’s rights, gender equality, importance of girls’ education and issues faced by women and girls such as child marriage and female genital cutting.
    In 2020/21 the project target beneficiaries are approximately 700 girls from Nakuru and East Pokot, 700 boys and 1,000 community members participating in community education and sensitisation.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • Keeing Girls in School is a component of So They Can’s Education Program. So They Can’s vision is to change the future of children and communities living in poverty through education. So They Can believes that education is a central strategy in the elimination of female genital cutting and other gender related issue. In Kenya statistics indicate that the transition rate of girls from primary to secondary schools in Kenya is normally between 40-44% lower than the transition rate of boys. This is partially because parents do not see the same value in educating girls and their limited funds for education are directed to boys. The lack of basic education is a root cause in the perpetuation of the beliefs surrounding female genital cutting as they relate to health, sexuality, and women’s rights. Female genital cutting drastically hinders a girl’s ability to obtain basic education and employment, as it is always part of their preparation for marriage.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • Throughout all stages of its programs and projects, from design to implementation to monitoring and evaluation, So They Can works in a close partnership with local stakeholders including the community members, government authorities, teachers and school management. This participatory approach enhances our capacity to realise our goals, addressing global challenges with local knowledge and improves the effectiveness, sustainability and reach of our work. Through local partners we can mobilize more resources and influence different sectors of public opinion and practices. Keeping Girls in Schools project was developed in consultation with the targeted end beneficiaries, their mothers, teachers and staff from local medical centres. The project not only enables girls access to quality education; it also changes the perception of gender related issues, often resulting in gender inequality, in the participating schools and in the community, ultimately leading to change of local practices.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Keeping Girls in Schools empowers mothers and female teachers of the project beneficiaries through community sensitisation about the importance of educating girls and through raising awareness of other issues faced by girls/women such as early forced marriage, female genital cutting. The project helps with relieving the mothers off the cost of having to purchase sanitary pads for the girls. So They Can is conducting a research into making reusable sanitary products locally – through provision of training to women, support with starting capital to set up a “women for women” social business. This would increase the product availability to the adult female population as well.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • The Keeping Girls in School project doesn’t have a media component. However Keeping Girls in School is presented on So They Can’s website and in other social media and public events organised by So They Can. So They Can is a member of Girls Not Brides, a global partnership to end child marriage.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Keeping Girls in School has a set of Outputs and for each output a set of measurable Indicators with annual targets. Level of achieving these targets measures how the project is tracking towards achieving its objectives.
    For example Output 1. Female students supported to attend school regularly, girls are not missing school during their period.
    Indicators:
    # of girls enrolled and attending school
    # of girls participating in guidance and counseling sessions
    # girls completing their primary education and transiting to secondary school
    # of girls’ performance improving

    Output 2. Girls are trained on their health and sexuality matters
    Indicators:
    #of girls participating in health talks
    #of cases of teenage pregnancy are reduced
    #of cases of truancy amongst girls reduced

    Output 3. Boys are informed on issues facing girls, on their health and sexuality matters and importance of supporting girls to stay in school
    Indicators:
    #of boys participating in health talks
    #of cases of truancy among boys reduced

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Rita Reichelova

  • Email:

    rita@sotheycan.org

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    02 99665225