Girl Led Leadership: Her Turn Girls Support Committee Mentorship Program

Her Turn Girls Support Committee Mentorship Program
29-31 August, 2019 | Dhulikhel, Kavre

Fourth Annual Girls Leadership Symposium

Program Introduction/Background:

In August 2016, for the first time, we brought together 100 adolescent girls from 29 schools, mentors and female teachers from Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Jumla to Kathmandu. The event created a platform to learn and share their work, best practices and lessons learned and to plan future actions. The participants wrote the first ever declaration, and working in groups they developed a set of recommendations for organizations working across various sectors that emphasize the needs of adolescent girls. More action about the conference can be viewed on our YouTube channel. In 2017, we invited boys too and organized our Annual Conferences in Gorkha and Sinhdupalchowk where 166 adolescents from 32 schools, mentors, teachers and Rural Municipality representatives graced the gathering. One of the key commitments by the adolescents was how can they support each other. More action about the conference can be viewed here on YouTube.

Last year, 2018, we had representatives from 40 Girls Support Committee and 24 School Support Committee and 25 principal and teachers, Rural Municipality representatives and social mobilizers. Till the end of June this year, 6,385 adolescent girls and 1,343 adolescent boys from 77 community schools have graduated from our four-week long Her Turn and His Chance education and empowerment programs. In 2017 and 2018 our thematic focus was on the safe school leading to empowered adolescents and safe society. This year, we are meeting up again from 29-31 August, 2019.

The focus of this year’s meet up will be girl-led leadership. We are going to gather for three days to share our stories, to learn from each other and prepare a self and collective leadership journey for ourselves but also for our communities. This annual celebratory gathering will have fun, life-changing workshops that equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice and celebration of the grounding breaking leadership in their communities. This is also an opportunity for us to expand our Girls Advisory Board and prepare them for our own organizational leadership.

Day I - 29 August 2019
1.Registration/Tea
2.Participants assemble at the hall / Logistic orientation and program opening
3.Dinner
Day II - 30 August 2019
Hike/Exercise/Yoga
1.Introduction: Girls Leadership – why it matters?
2.Break
3.Looking back from 2016-2018
August 2016 Symposium recap – outcome, recommendations, declaration, GSC-mothers’ group projects.
2017 conferences on safe school and 2018’s empowered youth and safe society, Girls Advisory Board
What we achieved? What remains?
4.Fun games/Energizers
5.Lunch Break
6.Our turn! Girls share their involvement in the program, changes, areas for improvement and aspirations – panel discussion
7.Girls Leadership exercises and reflection
8.Tea break
9.Online safety and communication (guest speaker)
10.Daily Reflection
11.Fun evening – dance/poem/songs/drama/music
12.Exhibition - publications - IEC Materials
Day III - 31 August 2019
1.Group breakdown - thematic leadership discussion
2.Speech competition – one minute speech by the girls on various subjects
3.Break
4.Meet and Greet with young achievers (5 speakers)
5.Lunch Break
6.Games/Fun activities
7.Way forward - how can we lead, what matters to us, how can HP support? Group breakdown / plenary presentation
8.Tea Break
9.Girls Advisory Board
10.Closing – certificate distribution / celebration / scholarship announcement