Friday, February 17, 2017

Girl Power Clubs and Ushindi Boys Clubs Successfully Hold Induction Workshops in Busia County

Girl Power Clubs induction workshop

On Saturday 11th February 2017 Girl Power Clubs Africa and Ushindi Boys Clubs successfully held induction workshops in Teso North, Busia County. The workshops were attended by a total of 300 students and 15 teachers from 16 schools across Busia County. The schools included: Akadoot Primary, Changara High School, ACK Rwatama Primary, Kolanya Girls Primary, Kolanya Boys High School, Katakwa Primary, Katakwa Secondary, Aedomoru Primary, Aedomoru Secondary, Bishop Sulumeti Secondary, Kolanya Boys Primary, Albert Ekirapa Secondary, Okimaru Primary, Akolong Primary, Kaujakito Primary and Kamunyele Primary.

The 300 girls and boys, divided into Girl Power and Ushindi Boys Clubs, had workshops running in two separate halls at Katakwa Secondary School, each facilitated by Sadili’s social educators Joy Akim and Kevin Ayuko respectively. Topics of discussion included: who Girl Power and Ushindi Clubs are, their importance, understanding the female body (for Girl Power Clubs) and male body (for Ushindi Boys Club), the importance of being in school, entrepreneurship and health & fitness. After this, elections were held where each school had a chance to vote for its leaders.

Albert Ekirapa Secondary receives a new computer
One of the schools that has Girl Power Clubs programme steadily running, Albert Ekirapa Secondary School, received a brand new computer. The new computer is meant to boost Girl Power's mentorship programme in the school. It was donated by Girl Power Clubs supporters Ronald Pothuizen and Tessa Van Der Heiden, as well founder Dr. Liz Odera.

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program that provides teenage girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively. Ushindi Boys Clubs on the other hand is a men's leadership programme that initiates teenage boys through various stages of growth into young men.
Bishop Sulumeti Secondary School

Aedomoru Secondary School

Ushindi Boys Club induction
Changara Secondary School

Albert Ekirapa Secondary School

Katakwa Primary School

Kaujakito Primary School

Katakwa Secondary School

Ushindi Boys Club discussion group

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Girl Power Clubs Leadership Workshop a Success despite Low Turnout

On Saturday, 28th January 2017 Girl Power Clubs Africa successfully held a leadership workshop at Sadili Oval grounds. The 3 hour workshop came just 2 weeks after elections of new Girl Power Club leaders had been carried out in all schools in the programme in Nairobi. It was aimed at discussing with the new leaders, among other issues, what is expected from them in their new roles. During the previous week, Sadili’s Social Educators had visited all Girl Power Clubs in Nairobi discussing with them leadership skills. 

The workshop was attended by 4 Girl Power Club leaders from Karama Academy, 7 Sadili staff and 2 guests - both students at Catholic University of Eastern Africa. 

In a fun and highly interactive manner, various topics were covered during the workshop. They included: the history of Girl Power Clubs Africa and its role in training girls to become positive agents of change, personal hygiene as well as menstruation. These topics of discussion each had short breaks in between for games sessions. We all played soccer and other fun games.

Despite the low turnout, everyone seemed positive about the workshop’s success. “We had hoped the number would be bigger, but despite that we are happy that everything else happened as had been planned and that the girls have enjoyed their time with us,” said Everlyne Sigilai, one of Sadili’s social educators. 

 “It was a little intimidating for me at first to see so many staff and just a few of us, but they have been very friendly and I have enjoyed interacting with them. I hope to be here again for more of such activities,” Said Melvin Awino, one of the pupils from Karama Academy.

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program focused on providing teenage girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively.