The Voice of the Voiceless/ FROM STREET TO SCHOOL is creating awareness among children, youth (especially girls) for the prevention and protection of children and adolescents against all form of violence and abuse in Montserrado County, Liberia.
The project will be run under three pillows which include:
- Public speaking: Public speaking is a critical tool in both personal and professional success. It will empower young people, to inform, persuade, and move people to action through everyday conversation. To do this skillfully students need to master public speaking.
- Creative writing: Academic writing requires criticality; it’s not enough to just describe or summaries evidence, voice of the voiceless need to analyses and evaluate information and use it to build up high school students. This is where you show your own thoughts based on the evidence available for students so as to advance their writing, and thinking skill it is really important for 7-12grades student. The writing will be on advancing the knowledge on SGBV, promotion of Peace, and ways in which children especial girls can improved their academic ability.
- Life skill: Life Skills as “a behavior change or behavior development approach designed to address a balance of three areas: knowledge, attitude and skills”. Life skills enable individuals to translate knowledge (what one knows), attitudes and values (what one believes and feels) into actual abilities/action (what to do and how to do it). Life skills are essentially those abilities that help to promote mental wellbeing and competence in young people as they face realities of life. They are generally applied in the context of health and social events. They are broadly categorized under three categories, thinking skills, social skills and emotional skills. Categories of Life skills:
- Social Skills and negotiation Skills- Self Awareness and Empathy -Effective Communication -Interpersonal relationship
- Thinking Skills -Critical and Creative thinking -Problem Solving & Decision making skills
- Coping skills -Coping with stress and emotion,
- Self-awareness 2. Empathy 3. Critical thinking 4. Creative thinking 5. Decision making
Background of our mentorship program
This report summarizes the findings from a baseline survey conducted between October 2013 and January 2014 for the impact evaluation of the Sisters of Success (SOS) program in Monrovia, Liberia. Data was collected during the baseline from 2,884 girls and one guardian for each girl. This report’s primary focus is describing the lives of these girls, prior to the start of the SOS program, with focuses on schooling, sexuality, and self-esteem and self-efficacy. Additionally we describe girls‘ households‘ composition and financial situations, including parental involvement and support; girls‘ time use; girls‘ income generating activities; histories of domestic and sexual abuse; and girls‘ mentors and role models prior to the SOS program. And also the Mentorship Program offers peer-to-peer support for new students. Student Engagement facilities the connection of senior students (Mentors) with incoming students (Mentees) with the goal of achieving academic success, encouraging personal and professional growth and providing assistance. Using a series of eight pre-designed meetings, our Mentors will aid in navigating Mentees through their first term and ready them for experiences both during and after their time at voice of the voiceless.
- The overall goal of a mentorship program is to accelerate the personal and professional development of mentees. This is achieved by providing mentees with guidance in (SGBV prevention, promoting their Academic Performance, and building their mind in sustaining the peace especially for the upcoming general and presidential election), advice and feedback from mentors with more experience than themselves.
- Another goal of this mentoring program in schools is to increase school attendance, increase academic performance, increase level of self-efficacy, decrease act of risky behaviors.
- Another goal of the mentorship program will provide mentees with the skill and techniques to advance peace and stabilities to have a space to continue their education
- The goal is also to promote skill training among the mentees to be able to support themselves in the absent of social-economic support from their parents and others guidance.
Major among the output for this project will include but not limited to:
- An intensive booth camp will be conducted so as to train all the volunteers on their role and responsibilities to serve as a responsible citizen.
- To at least give an opportunity to our targeted group of their rights and responsibilities on their career development.
- To ensure that students receive peers to peer education in skill training, maintains of peace, and the protection of SGBV and other forms of violence among adolescents
- To empower students through life skill
Outcomes: The major outcomes of this project are as follow:
- To get our targeted students in choosing their career path
- To ensure our children and adolescents are more engage in schools activities and they can freely expressed themselves both socially and morally.
- To ensure a smooth relationship with our partner’s schools and communities and others partners.
Expectations from the mentorship program
- Be willing to share personal career development and professional goals and objectives as well as challenges and opportunities. Dedicate a minimum of three work-hours per month for mentorship activities. Respect the time of the mentor and prepare in advance for mentorship sessions. Ask questions and listen effectively
- To decentralizing student to student peer education about increasing their interest in career development. And also giving them an opportunity to share personal information on how to keep connected with each other.
- Boosting youths perception of his or her own abilities and talents
- Improving relationship between the youth, their peers and adults