Girls Excel Initiative
From FGM, Period Poverty, Teenage pregnancies & Early Marriages to excelling in STEM
The Girls Excel Initiative is one of the four Echo Network Africa Programmatic Focus Areas .
Its overall objective is:
To catalyze acceptance and commitment by communities in the target areas towards the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation, Period Poverty, Teenage Pregnancies and Early Marriages through accelerating the performance and uptake of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects among girls.
The Girls Excel Initiative was a merge between the Youth Empowerment and Advocacy focus areas which were operational since 2010. Initially the aim of the focus areas was to grow the capacities and education enthusiasm among girls and young women in learning institutions and communities through education and mentorship approaches. The following approaches were implemented by the focus areas:
- Scholarship scheme for needy girls in Secondary and Tertiary Institutions
- Millennials for Change Program – mentorship on Life, Financial, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Skills.
- Young Women Leadership and Mentorship Program – provided access to skills on leadership and entrepreneurship to girls in the country
- Health Campaigns on lifestyle diseases threatening teen and young women in Kenya.
- Increased performance in STEM subjects among targeted girls, leading to increased numbers of girls successfully transitioning from one level of schooling to the next.
- Increased and improved number of quality Hesabu Club platforms with STEM tools and equipment.
- Reduced cases of FGM/C, teenage pregnancies and early marriages among adolescent teenage girls in schools and communities targeted.
- Increased participation of communities and other stakeholders in the wellbeing of an adolescent teenage girl.
- Increased number of male champions championing all activities against FGM/C, teenage pregnancies and early marriages communities increasingly getting their girls to be in schools and championing more to get into STEM courses.
- Improved livelihoods for affected parents. Guardians of survivors of SGBV through provision of financial support through ENA’s revolving fund.