As part of a Joint campaign, SODA Consultancy and B.O.S.S Riders organized the “iChoose Leadership Programme” roll out as well as GBV counter initiatives which also encourages boys to donate sanitary pads which are a necessity to the girl child.
Yesterday, Schmelenville Combined School (Bethanie) joined the likes Ella Du Plessis High school in launching the Boys Club “we care” Project. A Group of 20-50 learners were engaged for ‘a boys talk’. The event included the launch of the ‘we care’ project in which men and boys were encouraged that it’s fine to build a support system through buying or collecting sanitary pads for their sisters. Like at Ella Du Plessis High school, a box was installed at the school where donated sanitary pads were deposited.
We can all agree that it will take more than normal education to educate and engage boys and men on social issues such as GBV. Its personal intense and extensive. It requires relating closely to the learners (boy child) and giving them safety to share their responses. That’s exactly what this initiative tackles. During these kinds of engagements, SODA Consultancy engages boys in small group settings (not assembly halls) which allows them to express themselves freely. This initiative might not change the sociopathic nature of some men, but it will definitely pull all tolerance or ambiguity from their social networks.
The same project has previously been rolled out at Ella du Plessis High School, Boys Club, in Windhoek, and now Schmelenville Combined School, Bethanie. It will be replicated at Khomastura Boys Club on Friday the 5th of March 2021 and Tsumeb Secondary School, Tsumeb, on Saturday, 27 March 2021 at 10 am. This outreach programme will proceed to other schools countrywide, to create centers of excellence.
As part of their campaign, SODA Consultancy as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), will solicit partners for collaboration aimed at establishing Boys Club Corners on school grounds (partner to provide a coffee machine of which proceeds will be for acquiring sanitary pads, facilitate peer talk sessions break time) in order to integrate principles and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, to empower school-going youth to make informed decisions.
Because we support a social cause of this nature, Biashara will be witnessing this event at Khomastura Boys Club on Friday the 5th of March 2021. Do not hesitate to call the project facilitator on 081 240 0268, for more information on our Project, or email at email@example.com .