Bright Futures


Addressing gender violence helps girls stay in school and navigate the wider world, while adding practical employment skills to the curriculum maximises the benefits of attending school for both girls and boys.


Context

    Teenage girls in disadvantaged communities in Africa are often unable to complete their schooling. Teenage pregnancy, rape and sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, menstruation and lack of private toilet facilities severely affect their ability and inclination to attend school and many are forced to drop out.

    As a result, these girls are marginalised socially, economically and politically, struggling to secure jobs or a voice in their relationships and community.

    Boys also face great hardship, and it is well understood that boys' participation is necessary for girls' empowerment.

    Meet Rainy and Malahle, who benefit from the programme.

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Targets

  • Empower 6,000 vulnerable girls and boys aged 12-16 over two years
  • Equip and train 40 school principals, 80 teachers and 80 members of the school governing bodies from 40 schools in the Eastern Cape Province in the Bright Futures methodology
  • Increase knowledge and realign attitudes on gender based violence and sexual and reproductive health amongst boys and girls
  • Improve entrepreneurial, vocational and basic finance skills, and increase students’ chances of securing employment
  • Improve school attendance rates
  • Reduce school drop out rates
  • Teenage pregnancy rates will decrease
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Activities

  • The project consists of three modules, Give yourself a job, Gender based violence, Protecting futures
  • The Protecting Futures module teaches children to understand their bodies and puberty, and about sexual and reproductive health
  • The module Gender Based Violence gives young people the tools they need to recognise and combat it
  • Give yourself a Job teaches vocational and basic finance skills, while giving students the chance to develop entrepreneurial thinking
  • Bright Futures clubs allow girls and boys to discuss what they have learnt and ask questions in a safe and open environment
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Progress to Date

  • In 2012, the methodology won a First Place United Nations Public Service Award
  • In 2014/15 we debuted the programme in 25 schools
  • Over six months we trained 54 teachers in the project methodology and 1,620 young people (812 of whom are boys) have participated in workshops on gender based violence prevention as part of the project
  • Our 48 Bright Futures Clubs are now part of the UNICEF Girls’ and Boys’ Education Movement

Location: Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Funder: This project is funded by a collection of trusts, foundations and individual givers
Partner: The Small Projects Foundation
Dates: From 2014 to present
Status of Project: Innovating a pilot