Education Sector Programmes
Combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) at Schools
This programme which was part of a “Safer South Africa” Programme, was aimed at improving school safety through GBV training for School Based Clubs in the Eastern Cape. The plan was to integrate a gender component into the already existing Protecting/Bright Futures Programme and Give Yourself a Job Programme which would be rolled out in 50 schools focusing on 100 girl learners at each school. The learners were taught about puberty, menstruation, GBV, SRH, prevention of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
Always Keeping Girls in School
The Bright Futures methodology forms an integral part of the work carried out by Small Projects Foundation (SPF). Over the years we have rolled it out to an increasing number of schools across South Africa and have extended it further afield. We have also refined, added to, and improved this methodology in order to achieve our vision of empowering youth and especially girls to complete school and have the skills to find or create their own jobs and develop bright futures for themselves, their families and communities.
Kistefos Educational Fund
The project's initial target sought to benefit 600 children and to educate 12 Early Childhood Practitioners at 4 crèches to a National Qualification Framework level 4. Currently, the project is training 25 ECD teachers and supporting 1,213 learners in 24 Educare centres. This is significantly ahead of original expectations and there is more to come.
One to One Bright Futures Programme
The programme targeted grades 7 to 9 learners and over 1,000 girls and boys have benefited from it. Teachers, facilitators and parents have also been trained so that they are knowledgeable of their child’s rights. GEMBEM Clubs have also been established in all the schools. These clubs focus on issues related to social support, skills development, academic and environmental care and provide a platform for girl and boy learners to interact with each other and to discuss issues affecting them.
Sanitary Dignity Campaign Programme
Campaign aimed at ensuring that girl children remain in school even during their menstrual cycle; as research has that that many girls in the rural EC do not attend school classes during the days of their menstrual cycle.
"Campaign to mobilize various stakeholders to join hands and partner with the Office of the Premier on the Rights of the Child to address sexual and reproductive health issues".