Bright Futures Programme
Bright Futures Programme is a methodology that has been developed by Small Projects Foundation to empower girl children with skills and knowledge to have mastery over their own lives. It seeks to galvanise young girls to secure their futures by providing them with appropriate knowledge on puberty and sexual reproductive health, thereby inspiring them to make informed decisions and to develop a healthy self esteem.
Protecting Futures Component: This deals with puberty and sexual and reproductive health rights. It comprises of 6 learning units that are aligned to the South African school curriculum for Life Orientation. Through the Protecting Futures Component, girls learn about puberty, intimate relationships, preventing teenage pregnancy, parent-daughter communication, HIV/AIDS and the importance of thinking about the future.
The Protecting Future Programme which is school-based has resulted in a decrease in pregnancy of school learners, decrease in absenteeism and drop out rates, children being aware of their sexual and reproductive health rights. It has resulted in more cases of sexual abuse being reported to authorities. Parents are now attending parent meetings at schools and are involved in the lives of their children. Of significance has been anecdotal reports from fathers who mentioned that they were not aware that ‘males’ should be involved in the upbringing of girl children. The programme has involved fathers in the upbringing, support and care of their girl children.
Gender Based Violence Component: Peer education sessions which empower learners (both girls and boys) with knowledge and skills to manage issues and challenges of gender based violence. This is done with learners, life orientation teachers and parents. Each school is mentored to develop its own gender based violence policy and reporting + referral system of GBV incidences
Give Yourself a Job Component: Mentors young people in perceiving a vision of the future and develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to find or create their own jobs in the local economy. Give Yourself a Job component comprises of 14 learning units that are aligned to the South African school curriculum for Economic and Management Sciences.
The Give Yourself a Job component provides youth with tools to find and create their own jobs.