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%.

OUR FOCUS

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.

  • 1000 girls
    31 groups
    7th grade
    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.

    Household visits

    Case management and risk prevention

    Access to the community resource network

    Communitarian involvement

    Encouragement enrollment in Secondary School

OUR METHODOLOGY

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

NEW ROLE MODEL AND REFERENCE GROUPS

The students of the CHANGE and LEAD programs are role models to the Mwarusis. Each Girl Mover works with 3 University Leaders which in term serve as Mentors to a group of 30-35 Mwarusis.

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PERSONAL COMPETENCES AND LIFE SKILLS

Twice a week, the Mwarusis get together with their Mentors, develop their school related skills and prepare their life plan. Get to know the Mwarusi curriculum.

PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT

The trust-based relationship between the mentor and the Mwarusis makes the identification of risk signs possible.

SUPPORT NETWORK

The Mwarusis have access to the community key resources, assets and services.

These are our results

92,4%
TRANSITION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
98,4%
SCHOOL RETENTION RATE
< 1 %
EARLY PREGNANCY RATE
< 1 %
CHILD MARRIAGE RATE

SOCIAL INNOVATION

We are a laboratory full of innovative experiences. Every year we test innovative methodologies or tools that may contribute further to the multiplying effect of girls’ education.

The 1,000 Mwarusis that, in one year, take advantage of that methodology will show how to scale it to the 3.3 million Mozambican girls aged between 10 and 19.

PILOT

01

Implementation of real-time monitoring system

Income generation technology for girls

LEARNING

02

Game Book

Acessing resource / asset network in the community

CODIFY

03

Incentivizing enrollment in Secondary School

School Support

SHARE

04

Mentors Training Program

Prevention and Risk Management Model

SCALABILITY

05

Safe Spaces Adapted to Mozambique

  • IMPLEMENTATION OF REAL-TIME MONITORING SYSTEM

    Using this methodology, our aim is to provide Believe mentors with the skills and tools necessary for the collection and real-time data entry regarding Mwarusis’ attendance to the sessions and information related to the identification of risk situations for subsequent delineation of a follow-up/mitigation strategy.

  • METHODOLOGY OF INCOME GENERATION FOR GIRLS

    Some financial autonomy is fundamental so that the Mwarusis are able to make decisions about their futures. The life skills curriculum builds financial literacy skills and promotes savings for a specific objective. However, it’s crucial to associate these skills to the real income generation, and group savings management. Girl MOVE Academy does so by relying on Block 4 – I Protect My Money of the Mwarusi curriculum. We invested in the training, adaptation/production of salable products, according to market studies conducted in the community and sales techniques. During the year of 2019, we aim to continue working towards an effective solution, identifying partners that, by their experience in the woman’s economic empowerment, may enable the young girls in different safe and practical forms of income generation.

  • Game Book

    It is a printed interactive material, developed by Girl Move Academy in partnership with Veronica Torres Consulting, which has as a main objective to allow a simulation of complex and dynamic scenarios that the girls face in their everyday lives. The girls, through games and dynamics, experience the consequence of actions that they might not risk taking in real life, and better identify decision making tools for to apply in several scenarios that they face in their lives.

  • RESOURCES NETWORK IN THE COMMUNITY

    One of the biggest objectives of the Mwarusi Believe program is providing their beneficiaries with a resource network within their community, that they can use after the end of the project. To this end, the resources and services (financial, health, education, social support, etc.) of the communities are gathered. Also, there the girls visit some of these services in each block of the life skills curriculum (visit to the Department of Social Welfare of the Provincial Direction of Gender, Education and Social Action; to the Services Friend of the Adolescents and Young People, to the University, etc.) and identify the person, place, and way of accessing them.

  • ENCOURAGEMENT TO ENROLLMENT

    Secondary School (colocar fonte de info). The Believe project has identified 3 big barriers to the enrollment: cultural, economic and social. Many girls don’t believe they have the potential to continue studying; their families think that’s not the best investment to ensure their survival in the future; society sees girls only as women and mothers, the education system itself does not foresee enough vacancies to absorb the existing applications and, even though enrollment fees are free until the 8th grade, the schools have always costs, such as the Uniform, materials, among others. Girl MOVE Academy combines its school support curriculum, with a series of 6 steps decisive for the success in the applications and subsequent transition of the Mwarusis to secondary school.

  • SCHOOL SUPPORT CURRICULUM

    During the implementation of the safe spaces methodology in Mozambique, we understood that combining with a weekly periodicity the life skills curriculum with a school support curriculum would directly contribute to unblock the girls’ literacy and numeracy skills. This curriculum was entirely developed by Girl MOVE Academy, based on standardized diagnosis tests for 2nd and 3rd grades (Early Grade Reading Assessment and Early Grade Mathematics Assessment), and subsequently adapted according to the heterogeneity of competences of the Mwarusis of each group. It includes a quick literacy method; counting and recounting stories at oral and written level; logic and calculation games; among others.

  • MENTORS TRAINING PROGRAM

    Within the Lead program, Girl Move Academy, formulated the mentors’ training program, which aims to provide young university girls with knowledge, tools, networks and inspiration, so that they can believe in themselves, in their changing potential, and in order for them to develop an Impactful Life Project.

  • PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT MODEL AND RISK SIGNALIZATION FORM

    A The Assessment and Risk Prevention Tool (Metodologia de Avaliação e Prevenção de Risco), developed by Girl Move (van de Waal, B. & Avillez, A., 2015), gathers individual information on the girls and signalizes the high vulnerability situations and potential risks experienced. It also offers strategies for the prevention of obstacles and common risks, and helps control their consequences.

  • SAFE SPACES MODEL ADAPTED TO MOZAMBIQUE

    Since the beginning, the Mwarusi Believe project uses the Adapted Safe Spaces Model, developed by the Population Council. This methodology implies the existence of a safe space, provided by the community, a group of girls and a mentor. Girl MOVE implemented this methodology in Mozambique and in Nampula for the first time with the technical support of the Population Council, having made adaptations to the Mozambican reality, in particular to Nampula’s cultural context.

SOCIAL IMPACT

Girl MOVE Academy aims to place its resources and learnings at the service of the Mozambican girl. How?

  • • The national and international policies that promote girls’ empowerment:

    • National Strategy to mitigate Child Marriage.
    • Gender Strategy of the Ministry of Education and Human Development.
  • Being an active member of the Mozambican civil society, giving voice to the girls’ worries, through the Girls Not Brides Coalition; Training.

  • Empowering the Mozambican civil society through the sharing of the lessons learned, good practices and work tools with key stakeholders.

    The M Movement has already 57 participant organizations:

    • National mapping of programs empowering girls.
    • Aims to co-create a prototype of national program towards girls’ empowerment.

MOVIMENTO M

Movimento M is a circle of learning and sharing, aiming to reinforce the practices that organizations and individuals are conducting in Mozambique, in order to positively impact the lives of the most vulnerable girls and thus, counteract the poverty cycle that has been registered in the country during the last generations.

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REDE DE APOIO

Recursos Humanos e de Saúde

Acesso à saúde + Educação Sexual + Autonomia

Recursos Económicos

Orçamentos e Poupanças + Formação vocacional

Recursos Sociais

Espaço Seguro + Mentoria + Confiança + Poder de negociação

Recursos Cognitivos

Autoestima + Pensamento crítico + Comunicação

COMPETÊNCIAS PESSOAIS E HABILIDADES PARA A VIDA

Eu Protejo-me

Auto estima + Auto proteção = Plano de Proteção

Eu Protejo o meu corpo

Higiene + Nutrição + Gestão da Fertilidade = Kit Higiene e Gestão do Ciclo

Eu Protejo os meus estudos

Orientação Vocacional + Métodos de Estudo = Registo Feira das Profissões

Eu Protejo o meu dinheiro

Literacia Financeira + Geração de renda + Gestão de Poupança = Plano de Poupança

Literacia e Numeracia

Diagnóstico e Métodos de Estudo e Fichas de Alfabetização
Prática e incentivo à leitura e à escrita

Incentivo à matrícula no Ensino Secundário

Grupos de estudo + Preparação dos exames nacionais da 7ª classe

Prevenção e Gestão de Risco

O programa BELIEVE criou a ficha de sinais de risco (download abaixo) com este objectivo e o Manual de intervenção (download abaixo) na crise para apoiar as mentoras no acompanhamento das Mwarusis.

Ficha de sinais de risco.

Manual de intervenção na crise para apoiar as mentoras no acompanhamento das Mwarusis.

DONATION

Join the Life Movement! Make our cause, your cause. You can help and encourage us with a donation:

Through our IBAN (PT / €)

PT50-0033-0000-45485870016-05

Through our IBAN (MZ / MT)

MZ 5900 0100 0000 2696 2760 357

Through MB way

938 386 780

Thank you. We are One!