Rubirizi is a district located between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Karinju Forest in Western Uganda. The district is comprised of a population of over 142000 of which 70 % are young people below the age of 24. Based on the District statistics, the primary enrollment stands at 51%. However, the dropout rate among the pupils enrolled at primary and secondary levels still remains high at 70%. This drop out burden has surfaced with high teenage pregnancies, highest gender based violence among teenagers and young women, GBV rate is high caused by rape, defilement, physical torture and child labor, insufficient information and accessibility to health services, lack of accessibility to youth friendly services, career guidance and lack of well-trained community law enforcers. The girl’s school dropout rates is high compared to their counter parts boys and this is due to high gender Based Violence in schools, communities amongst adolescent girls and young women. Girls need to keep in school for a better development of the nation. Fighting this dropout rate is essential in achieving the current Sustainable Development goals 2030 and African agenda 2063.
The Girl’s Talk leadership camp is an initiative by Action for Youth Development Uganda (ACOYDE) a non-profit organization in Uganda and a Girl Talk Initiative is intended to create change and develop the girl child in and out of school for social transformation. The initiative will target girls between ages of 10-16 years taking them through a 5 days training and mentorship program covering initial topics of Sexuality education , access and dissemination of information about HIV/AIDS, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, leadership development, menstruation, Hygiene and sanitation management, physical education, creative Arts and Fashion, defensive life skills and personal development skills but also provide appropriate Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship training to enable young people utilize the opportunities around and ahead of them.
The training will only target 160 adolescent girls aged 10-16 years in selected 16 Primary schools in Rubirizi District as ambassadors. These will again multiply into other ambassadors through girl talk leadership clubs. We will target 30 community mentors from the community, police and schools to mentor girls for sustainability of the project. Girl Talk Leadership camp 2019 will take place from 11th to 15th May 2019 in Rubirizi District, Western Uganda. We are fundraising for 14,000USD to ensure the camp becomes a success. After the camp we expect to have 160 girl child ambassadors, 30 community mentors, law enforcers and school teachers trained in mentoring the Girl Talk leadership Clubs to follow up, evaluate and mentor more girls in schools.
The funds will cover the Girl Talk Camp expenses, detail information about the camp is in the concept note that we can avail to you upon request with all your contributions we shall be able to avail you with a report on what will have transpired from the camp and how you can be part of our future programs together with a certificate of appreciation.