For the foreseeable future, here at A Closer Look and in partnership with Girls For Zambia’s Future ( GFZF). We will be shedding light on the issues facing Zambian Girls and Women and how we can help.
Below is a description of the work they do.
“Lighting up a girl child’s potential through literacy and education”
“A very significant reason for the poor status of the girl child is the perception of society that she is a burden and not an asset”
Date of completion: 4thTH September 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Organizational summary
- Background information
- Project plans/ programs
Girls for Zambia’s Future (GFZF) is an initiative which is aimed at promoting education interventions and innovations among girl children. Its vision is rooting a culture of literacy and education into fabrics of our society’s daily life. It is our goal to be a vessel of hope to the girl child in our community, we believe that we can have the greatest influence through collaboration with schools, a partnership with stakeholders, promoting reading clubs and a vibrant media campaign.
GFZF is committed to helping girl children to possibilities beyond what they see every day.
- We work to give girls an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.
- Through education we envision all girls having access to the greater world.
Lighting up a girl child’s potential through literacy and education, and we intend to do this by reaching out with this message to many.
To be a vessel of hope to our community by radically equipping, supporting, impacting and changing the lifestyle of the girl child through positive initiatives and encouraging their abilities.
The desire of stretching forth a helping hand to the vulnerable children remains our goal.
- To speak out on issues affecting the girl child is center of this organization
- To conduct empowerment programs and promote talent discovery and participation in developmental issues.
- Giving scholarships to the top girls at schools partnering with us in order to encourage hard work and competition among girls.
- To conduct annual quiz competitions for examination classes.
- To motivate leaders, key stakeholders, and other decision-makers to take concrete and positive action to eliminate barriers to girl child education.
- Promoting the D3 for enjoyment campaign (the D is for the three don’ts, Don’t quit school, Don’t get pregnant and Don’t get married at a tender age).
- Conducting workshops and talk shows on sexual related matters.
- To foster public and private sector partnerships to close the gap that currently exists in Zambia for the girl child.
- To increase public attention, awareness, engagement, and action around the importance of a girl child’s right to education and the need to eliminate gender disparity in education
- Mobilize and engage men, women and secondary school students through grass root community initiatives to take action to address barriers and social norms impeding access to quality education for girls.
- To eradicate violence against girl child education.
OUR CORE VALUES
- With all due respect to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we uphold the truth in deep sincerity and pass it to our fellow youths.
- We treat all people as created and loved by God
- We believe in giving chance for everyone to learn and function according to their abilities.
- We pursue excellence and maintain a servant’s heart in all we do.
- We manage our resources with faithfulness and integrity.
To prevent adolescent pregnancies, we must stop blaming girls and start addressing the circumstances that make marriage and motherhood the only options for them.
Every year, an alarming number of girls below the ages of 18 and 14 give birth in our communities. About 40% of these births occur within marriage. At this rate, the number of adolescent mothers under the age of 15 could rise drastically in the near years.
Child marriage is one of the key drivers of teenage pregnancies,
- Adolescent birth rates are highest where child marriage is most prevalent, and child marriages are generally more frequent where poverty is extreme.
- Girls in forced marriages have little say about whether or when they become pregnant.
- Compared to other age groups adolescents who are married have both the lowest use of contraception and the highest levels of unmet need.
- Married girls between the ages of 10-14 and who are not in school have virtually no access to sexuality education, further increasing their vulnerability to pregnancy.
Adolescent pregnancy should not be seen only as the result of recklessness or a deliberate choice but rather that of an absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control.
To end adolescent pregnancies, we must take the focus from girls’ behaviors and look at the underlying causes of adolescent pregnancy instead, including gender inequality, poverty, sexual violence, social pressures, negative attitudes and stereotypes about women and girls, and child marriage.
Programs and projects are a necessity if an initiative like this one is to be turned into something tangible and beneficial to the purposed individuals or organizations.
As such the Girls for Zambia’s Future shall incorporate ideas and projects that will be proposed, ready and available for use in as far as this initiative is concerned.
ALREADY EXISTING PROJECTS/ PROGRAMS UNDER THIS INITIATIVE
- Arts festivals to unleash the great talent the youths in our communities possess through various forms of art, it also presents GFZF the platform to address challenges youths face.
- Annual grade seven quiz challenge for girls only.
- Awarding of scholarships to top girls in the schools we are partnering with.
- Introduction of GFZF club in schools and monitoring how these clubs operate.
- The D3 for enjoyment campaign.
- The Tisungileni moyo outreach project
As the youths of Zambia shed their unpardonable tears for the hope of seeing a change and redeemed youth. The once adorned glamorous garden of Zambia is slowly being eroded as our light is becoming dim, you see it on the media, you see it on the streets during the day and night, you hear it everywhere, and when you observe carefully you will see it even in respectable homes.
It is our goal as Girls for Zambia Future to have a positive impact on our society, we will fight until our community is conducive enough for the education and wellbeing not only for the girl child but children as a whole.
We intend to reach out with this message not only to Zambia but Africa as a whole for the soils of Africa are but one country and Africans its citizens. It is for this reason that we hope and pray we meet up with our South African friends to address various issues hindering the wellbeing of the girl child, together we will build a firm backbone for our continent.