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Equipments needed for our girls in IT project 2014

EMPOWERING GIRLS IN ICT

To Equip girls resource centres in order for them to become computer literate, be peers in  the world of techonogy, build their confidence and have leading careers in ICT.

Why: Girls in Sierra Leone need to be empowered in education and technology, confidence-building, career pathway in order to break the lowest level of illiteracy in technology.

How we’re solving this: with the aid of used/new computers, softwares, stationeries, printers, photocopiers and projectors, which we can use to train and educate the girls to overcome the barriers of them not being connected to the world of technology at home, schools and their community. We aim to support girls in education from age 7 and above acquire the essential skills in ICT, as Sierra Leone has one of lowest computer literacy rate and in technology.

Sierra Leone is known for it uneducated women and girls as well as highest child marriage, FGM and teenage pregnancy, poor career and lack of female leaders/role models to name but few.

Girl Child Network Sierra Leone support and promote holistic empowerment of girls in the home, school and community and build platforms to advance their rights and freedom so that they reach their full potential. GCNSL support education and develop leadership skills in girls, so that they transform from victims to leaders. Raise awareness in communities, families, media and schools on need to create social safety nets for girls subject to, or at risk sexual abuse, harmful cultural practice, beliefs and attitudes. Girl Child Network Sierra Leone has currently 53 girl’s empowerment clubs in the western, Northern and southern region of Sierra Leone. This project will focus on girls clubs in the Freetown, Port Loko and Lunsar Northern region whom according to our survey needed such skills.

This project will support girls in schools and communities and teacher’s club coordinators to attend daily computer training, counselling, confidence-building and leadership skills. They will also learn about social media and accessing different careers in technology will empower them. However, girl’s will be capable of using helpful tools to carryout research, designs as well as links to advocacy on teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment /exploitation, early/forced marriage, FGM(C) etc on social media.

Our existing resource centre will continue to train girl’s in different IT skills from our empowerment clubs and will organize time term actives as well as holiday activities. They will host computer quiz with posters, art design and games, continue with radio discussions, drama, and music.

More than 3,000 girls will learn and share knowledge from Microsoft word to Internet access in the Western and Northern region. The girls will be train on how to use social media safely and wisely benefit themselves and country to lead to unleash their full potentials. Teacher’s volunteers, boys and young women will share our empowerment model from girls’ rights, education and skills, leadership and confidence building through this project.

Items needed:

27 laptops for three resources centres due to electricity problems

6 printers/Inks

3 photocopiers

3 projectors and stands

Stationery- software packages

Click the link to donate https://www.charitycheckout.co.uk/1139112/SupportGirlChildNetworkSierraLeone

About Anita Koroma

Short Profile Anita Koroma is a child/girls rights activist, trainer on gender issues, mentor and coach on girl’s empowerment and leadership. In 2007 Anita founded the Guadalupe Old Girls Association-UK (GOGA-SISTERS) and she was instrumental in mobilizing to raise funds for her alma mater. GOGA supported a school library and computer lab as well top-up fees, uniforms, and school dinners for 100 girls up to university. After visiting Sierra Leone in 2009 after 11years rebel war that took so many lives and rape of women and girls which left the country in poverty. Anita saw the need to expand the work of her Alma mater to a nationwide work which her colleagues were not ready to undertake. Due to her passion and story she saw the need to establish a project that will benefit girls nationwide. In 2011 with the permission of Betty Makoni she founded Girl Child Network Sierra Leone (GCNSL) with little does she knows that she will quit her social work job with no funds to work in her war torn country with no salary. Anita was born and raised in Lunsar town, northern region of Sierra Leone. Anita struggled for an education and she experience abuse raise from a polygamous home, she was poisoned three times by her step-mothers but escape death. She was left to sleep in the dark night outside the house when she chooses to study to her friend’s house. Anita now holds a BA in Professional Studies and BA (Hons) in Social Work in the UK. She has prevously worked with Save the Children International in Sierra Leone as a Patient Care Manager at the Ebola treatment Centre Kerry town. Anita story is featured in the last chapter of the global award champion of 44 accolade Betty Makoni’s book Never Again. Anita is an advocate for girls in similar circumstances and is passionate about influencing leaders to change policies, attitudes, and laws that are detrimental to the growth and development of the girl child. GCNSL has a national office and through its outstanding activities it has gained local NGO statues in 2013. GCNSL main focus is empowering the girl child in the home, school and community by rescuing girls at risk, sexually abused girls, those mistreated by carers. She is sending them back to school and support them with training. Up to date she uses her skills, passion and funds to provide scholarships, learning materials for vulnerable girls and has over 3000 beneficiaries. GCNSL also coaches and mentors young girls for leadership and has established 53 girls empowerment clubs nationwide. GCNSL has set up up a girls rescue centre to provide refuge for abused girls and a resource center in Freetown. GCNSL organize annual national girl’s conference and has set up the first ever girls economic empowerment project (Money from our Hands) which five girls clubs has benefited for girls at risk. Anita champions the global campaign for the International Day of Menstrual Hygiene Management for (28th May 2014) she is the National Coordinator (Sierra Leone) for Wash United in Germany. She is the focal leader for the World Children Prize Foundation for the right of the Child in Sweden and has been organizing child rights programmes in Sierra Leone. Anita is a mother of 3 two boys and a girl and foster career of over 10 other children in Sierra Leone.

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