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About the Author

Reesa Bhowmik

Reesa has been a member of Daraja GC since the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Being new to UWC, one of the main reasons Reesa joined Daraja was to help advocate for girls' education. She thinks that the best way to do this is by informing the community around us, and she has decided to lead the Advocacy team this year. She is very passionate about Daraja and wants to create equal opportunities for girls everywhere.

Welcome back!

Welcome to our Daraja Global Concern blog page! As we begin a new academic year, we would like to briefly rewind all of the important events in Daraja so far.

We have collectively voted on and appointed a new chair and co-chair of our GC for this academic year. Nimisha was appointed as our chair, she has been a part of this GC for two years and served as co-chair last year. Uditi is our new co-chair, and she has been a part of this GC since grade 5. She is excited to contribute further to Daraja in her new role as all of us are. 

During our first session of Daraja, we were asked what Daraja meant to us and we then wrote it down in the form of postcards. We were asked to be creative and we were allowed to draw. The postcards were an interesting way to gain perspective on what the people in our GC think Daraja is about. Our drawings were symbolic of Daraja and its impact on all of us. 

 

We have split into four groups which focus on specific aspects of our goals as a service:

  • We are the Media team. Our main goal is to continue improving this blog, while also working towards raising awareness about Daraja and its mission in the community. 
  • This year’s Event’s team is lead by Raaghavi, who has been a part of this GC since Grade 8. Her goal is to have a higher engagement in events hosted by our GC like Run for Rights, and raising awareness about Daraja and the issues it stands for. 
  • Our third team is the WISH group, led by Eva. WISH stands for Women of Strength, Integrity and Hope- it’s a class that girls at Daraja take part in every week. Their goal is to raise awareness about WISH and its importance and help our community, our peers and ourselves learn from this experience. 
  • The Connections team, led by Sashwika, wants to establish a strong relationship with the girls at Daraja and help us connect on a personal level. They also want to improve the methods of communication by learning from the pen-pal system last year.  

We will be posting weekly updates and would love it if you took the time to revisit our blog. Thanks for checking out our GC!

 

Run for Rights 2019

Run for Rights is an annual event hosted by three GCs: Daraja, Ace and Ladakh. Students, parents, and teachers come together to run a distance of 4.3 km (or more!) to raise money. This year, there were approximately 60 attendees, who participated in either the fun run or the competitive race. There was a face painting booth and markers at each kilometre with encouraging quotes to motivate the runners. We would especially like to thank those that ran with pledges, raising money for Daraja:

Ruby Psillides, Rhea Thakar, Lila Salaria, Philippa Baxter, Lucy Twigger, Abhiraj Banerjee, Reesa Bhowmik, Renee Jaiswal, Rhiannon Kozel, Daniel Cruz Dolmos and Ishaan Singh


Women’s Day Baking!

Daraja Academy has been providing education to high achieving Kenyan girls for the past 10 years.

Education is key to improving gender equality and ensuring that no girl ever faces discrimination anywhere in the world. The talented girls at Daraja know that if they pour their heart and soul into everything they do, then one day they will be able to achieve their dreams. By providing education to girls who would have been unable to pursue it otherwise, Daraja takes a big step towards a more balanced world.

Daraja believes that “every woman can be an entrepreneur and an innovator”. This women’s day, they met with a professional baker to understand how to run a business, a skill they will find very useful in the future.  It’s a simple skill which can be turned into a profitable opportunity.

    Professional baker explains instructions to Daraja girls

They baked large quantities in an energy saving stove called ‘jiko’, while discovering what it takes to be independent and start your own business.

Daraja girls try their hand at baking

The Daraja girls are stronger than ever, and this opportunity has given them an opportunity to learn  different talents which they will carry with them into the future. Keep working hard, girls!

(via Daraja Academy instagram, @darajaacademy)

New teams for Seasons 3-4!

We came back last week after one week of break, extremely excited to continue working with the different members of our GC and switched our groups for the first time.

Switching groups gave all GC members the opportunity to experience something new. Members were able to choose between the Direct, Indirect, Advocacy and Research groups, each of which focuses on a different aspect of collaborating with Daraja.

Older members and leaders of each group helped and guided their new members during the first session and introduced them to ongoing projects which the groups have been working on.

By switching groups, students were able to gain more expertise and also got to know different people. They were able to contribute different ideas to their groups and gave fresh perspectives and insights.

Students will now start working with their new groups to achieve their goals. We’re very excited for the many opportunities that await!

W.I.S.H. Class

On the second last Daraja GC session of 2018, the research team helped organise a W.I.S.H. class which proved to be a great success. W.I.S.H. stands for Women of Integrity, Strength and Hope and this is a class that is part of the curriculum at Daraja. The girls attend this class each week and learn about different topics like the role of women in society, perceptions and stereotypes.

We were split up into four different groups, with each group focussing on a different aspect of society. We then discussed within our groups about how our particular aspect affected women in Kenya. For example, in the Economy group, the students discussed about the amount of spending allocated by the Kenyan government towards education and how it has changed over the past decade. We also discussed the literacy rates, how they were related to the amount of government spending on school (as in primary, middle and high school) and how this could potentially affect the economy of Kenya. After these interesting discussions were over, the entire GC shared their thoughts on their respective aspects and why women’s education in Kenya was important for multiple reasons.

We also watched an interview between Jeethu (one of our GC members) and Rosemary, the chief of a group of Twala women in Nigeria. Rosemary’s interview was really inspiring and she gave insight into how different communities have different roles for women. She spoke about how women are usually unable to support themselves and their daughters because they are dependent on their husbands but the Twala community is a place where they can do many different jobs like needlework, traditional dancing, bee keeping and managing aloe plantations. She  also described how she had helped form the Twala community where women can earn money to support themselves and be independent. Furthermore, with the help of multiple partners, the women in the Twala group are educated and informed about the Kenyan constitution, child rights and women empowerment. She is truly a women filled with strength, integrity and hope. Check out her interview here!

After watching Rosemary’s interview, we went back to our different teams and came up with song lyrics related to everything she had just covered about women empowerment and the Twala community. This was a fun task and all of us enjoyed it very much. Here are some videos of different groups reciting/singing their songs.

Team 1Team 2Team 3

Comment below which groups’ song you thought was the best, and any other thoughts you had on Rosemary’s interview and the WISH class as a whole.

Happy New Year!

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