What has been the impact of your solution to date?
When the clubs were established, a baseline study was conducted. The following evaluation methods were used in order to assess the impact: evaluation surveys and interviews with club members, teachers and community members.
• Girls use the knowledge they have gained to defend themselves against abuse and HIV/AIDS
• Girls actively advocate for their rights in regards to abuse, HIV/AIDS, gender equity and reproductive health.
• Improved social responsibility and girls participate in local community structures.
• Girls inspire others in their communities by acting as knowledgeable mentors and role models.
• Reduced rate of teenage pregnancy within the schools.
• Increased reporting of SGBV cases to SWAGAA.
• Reduced vulnerability to HIV infection and SGBV and improved access to SRH services.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
• Expand programme to 25 schools per year reaching 100 girl children in Swaziland
• Build sustainability in schools and strengthen the capacity for the schools to run the clubs
• Mentors teach GEC curriculum and activities effectively
• Successfully implement the concept of social assets for girl children and safe spaces
• Increased number of girls improving their academic performance and accessing tertiary institutions after graduating from the clubs
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Time table changes at the beginning of every term cause major disruptions in the club meeting schedule and the availability of safe spaces for the girls. Another challenge is teachers transferring schools which mean additional club coordinators have to be identified and trained to ensure that club activities are not disrupted. In order to address these challenges, two teachers are trained at each school and SWAGAA has introduced the use of mentors as club coordinators instead of volunteer teachers. SWAGAA continues to strengthen their relationship with each of the schools and the Ministry of Education.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
The next six months will focus on baseline studies, effective implementation and the transition to the use of mentors.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
The plans for the year will focus on proper monitoring, providing guidance to the mentors and club members and the endline.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The GEC programme aims to promote a sense of social responsibility within the girls, to encourage them to be leaders within their communities. Several schools developed fundraising initiatives such as hosting concerts, staging plays, writing letters requesting funding, food and material support from retail outlets, to support the needy within their clubs, school and communities. For those who could not afford material support, they went and assisted in elderly, disabled and child-headed households by doing manual labour. Seeing the girls embrace the spirit of community giving through their outreach activities was a significant moment in the club. SWAGAA recognized the potential the programme had to change the lives of girls and the impact these girls will have on their communities.