"Girls’ education is transformational, it changes the course of history. If we invest in the 72 million young girls that are not going to school and they start going to school and living according to their potential, we will have a totally different world. It’s time for us all to act."
WHY MAKE A CHANGE?
The adolescent young girls and women in Mozambique are an unexplored resource that represents 37% (10 millions) of the country’s total population. Due to a restriction of opportunities these girls and women fall short on their ideal to reach their potential, and to contribute to their community and to the development of their country.
WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF INVESTING IN GIRLS?
One less child per woman and a better education system may eradicate poverty in Mozambique by 2050.
One extra year of secondary education increases the potential income of a girl by
15 a 25%.
90% of the future income of an educated girl is reinvested in her family while the boy only reinvests 30 to 40%.
We want to give wings to all the girls that want a better future.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, MWARUSI!
The Mwarusi BELIEVE program invests in girls, aged 12 to 15, attending the last year of Basic Education, and who live in contexts of vulnerability in the urban and periurban neighborhoods of Nampula. During one year, critical in their lives, they are accompanied by "manas" (Portuguese nickname for sisters) (Girl Movers and Mentors) that continued studying and who now represent an example and a new role model.
We want to ensure that the Mwarusis have a greater permanence in school and a life plan as professionals and active elements of the community.
12 to 15-year-old girls living in vulnerable situations
8 safe spaces
5 periurban neighborhoods in Nampula
31 Girl Movers
90 University Leaders
Mwarusi BELIEVE team
2 weekly sessions: School Support and Life Skills.
Case management and risk prevention
Access to the community resource network
Encouragement enrollment in Secondary School
AWe apply an innovative methodology, based on the safe spaces methodology, designed by the Population Council.
The Safe Spaces Methodology is a term that can be used to describe the three core elements of a program for adolescent girls: Safe Space, Friends and Mentor.
Judith Bruce, Senior Associate Population Council