My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Girls Education Mission International, Jos, , Nigeria
Despite improvements in global, national and local laws and policies that provide the normative framework for women to advance their rights, it is imperative to acknowledge that a vast number of girls continue to experience violence and gender discrimination at home, in schools and in their communities especially when it comes to getting an education. As part of GEM smart and creative strategy to better the lives of humanity, we are committed to eradicating poverty, building peace and creating sustainable impact among young women and girls using education to achieve this aim. Girls Education Mission International believe that girls education and empowerment is the vital tool to harness innovation to improvise novel solution that are not only smart and creative but also more effective, efficient and just in achieving demonstrable results when it comes to tackling the challenges continue to face globally. GEM works directly with girls, parents, teachers, and community leaders, all of whom are the ultimate drivers and stewards of meaningful change for themselves, their families and their communities. Given the high vulnerability level of girls that GEM International supports, Empowerment is a key intervention across all programs. Our activities includes: Education and Empowerment grant, Vocational and Literacy training, Entrepreneurship and Mentoring, Leadership and Capacity building, Advocacy and Livelihood support. Anchoring the Empowerment approach in programming, GEM places the girl at the center of a strategy that activates girls, their households, schools and communities in providing high quality integrated packages of support to vulnerable girls principally through the GEM Impact Clubs (GICs) which are facilitated by the GEM Impact Ambassadors (GIAs).
Till date, GEM has provided quality integrated package of; livelihood to 60 households; Scholarship to 110 girls; sanitary pads distributed to 150 girls; Literacy and Vocational training to 820 women/girls; Entrepreneurship and mentoring to 530 individuals. Currently, GEM supports 6 in-school and 5 out-of-school Girls Clubs that engage 301 girls in Nigeria. These girls reach community members through dance, drama, and discussion in schools and communities, and other programs that showcase stories told by girls and engage communities in dialogue, and occasional stakeholder forums that are jointly facilitated by GEM Impact Ambassadors and Clubs members. Our Girls clubs have improved girls’ understanding of their rights to education and how to report cases of violence, improved relationships between girls and their parents, and strengthened advocacy efforts and protection mechanisms in schools and communities to address violence when it occurs.