Malawi is a patriarchal society with a high rate of gender-based violence, early marriages, and early pregnancies. Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa’s aim is to give young women in Malawi with life-changing opportunities through focused education, mentorship, and leadership development projects. It is now funding the secondary school educations of 77 Malawian girls, providing university scholarships to two young women, and providing complete life skills and career advice education to 350 others. AGE Africa understands that a scholarship is insufficient to ensure that females complete their education. They must be able to self-advocate for their own life choices, be empowered with information about their sexual and reproductive health, and develop crucial skills to succeed in school and in life.
AGE Africa’s programme is specifically designed to equip and empower young women with the skills, information, and attitudes they’ll need to turn their educations into brighter futures. As a result, Healthy Approaches to Achievement is a three-year after-school programme targeted at assisting scholars in achieving academic success as well as developing life skills. CHATS Clubs assist girls get the skills they need to self-advocate for their own life choices, gain knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health, and learn vital skills that will enable them to earn money and flourish.
CHATS three Year Model
CHATS is a three-year curriculum that students begin in their sophomore year of high school. The curriculum covers a variety of themes and builds on concepts taught as the girls progress from one grade to the next.
Participants in the Girl’s CHATS Club learn basic life and leadership skills such as sexual and reproductive health, group facilitation, gender and rights, and self advocacy throughout the course of the first two years. These soft skills are critical for girls’ emotional development and have been proved to keep them motivated and in school.
The third year of the CHATS is dedicated to a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum in which girls learn the fundamentals of creating and operating small enterprises. The girls then have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put what they’ve learned into action by creating their own businesses and engaging with the community. Our scholars are establishing a market for themselves within and beyond their communities through the business and community involvement components of CHATS.
CHATS (Creating Healthy Approaches to Success) is a new empowerment programme that aims to do the following:
• Boost your self-esteem and take control of your life.
• Educate young women on gender, sexual and reproductive health, and rights
• Develop self-advocacy and public speaking abilities
• Train girls to be social entrepreneurs by filling important information gaps on careers, higher education, and opportunities beyond high school.
CHATS has a favourable impact on girls’ school retention and achievement, as well as their post-secondary transitions and their ability to participate as change agents.