Our in-school sensitization outreaches kicked off at JSS Asokoro on the 21st of January 2020. This is an activity under the Spotlight Initiative contracted by UNESCO and implemented by SOAR Initiative. Our aim is to end the menace of child sexual abuse thriving on the third pillar of the spotlight initiative which is prevention. We are creating safe spaces, girls club and starting remedial classes for vulnerable girls in 60 schools in the FCT (AMAC & BWARI). We aim to sensitize 60,000 students on sexual abuse and gender based violence. Our capable team of volunteers comprising of Team Advocates, Team Resilience and Team S.O.S have been on the run ever since, reaching four schools each per week all in a bid to achieve our mandate of ending child sexual violence.
The spotlight project consists of varying activities including but not limited to creating safe spaces in educational institutions that provide remedial lessons and life skills to girls at risk of dropping out of school to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)/Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)/Harmful Practices (HP) and access Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in FCT. These activities are implemented by SOAR Initiative with funding and support by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Overall project objectives:
- 60,000 boys and girls reached through school-based sensitisation meetings promoting gender equitable norms, attitudes and behaviours to prevent VAWG/SGBV/HP.
- Girls Clubs established in 60 project schools to improve social networking and life skills of vulnerable girls to prevent VAWG/SGBV/HP.
- 1800 vulnerable girls supported through remedial lessons to have improved learning outcomes.
- 1800 vulnerable girls supported with life skills information and mentoring to prevent VAWG/SGBV/HP.
- Establish and equip 2 safe spaces, 1 each in AMAC and Bwari Area Council to support vulnerable girls.