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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)

International Women’s Day #balanceforbetter

Yesterday was International Women’s Day 2019. An old tradition which started back in 1909, this day aims to recognise women and their achievements all over the world. One main purpose of celebrating International Women’s Day is to promote a more gender equal planet, where both women and men can enjoy their rights without facing discrimination.

Gender inequality is an issue that has been haunting us for centuries. From difference in salaries in the workplace to being forbidden from attending school and studying, society has always been highly prejudiced. Stereotypes exist everywhere and start influencing our lives from the day we are born. Blue blankets for boys and pink blankets for girls. Cars for boys and dolls for girls. Society has been contorting our minds to force us into conforming to gender norms. They are still millions of girls in many different countries who  are being forced to stay home and learn how to be “wives” and how to care for their families. They don’t go to school like their brothers, they don’t have access to education, a basic human right.

But this barrier is slowly being torn down by strong independent women all across the world, who are rising to say that discrimination on the basis of sex is unacceptable. Girls should receive the education they deserve. Given the opportunity, girls are capable of taking the world by storm and proving that they are much stronger than stereotypes have made them out to be.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day to tell not only our community, but the entire world that women and men deserve an equal playing field. This year’s IWD theme is Balance for Better. The whole aim is to achieve gender equality for all and to see the scales finally even out.

As part of the Daraja GC, we decided to create a poster. This was our small part in hoping to create a balance between all genders, and change the world. We hope that our poster inspires you to think about women around the world, what they stand for and how you can create Balance For Better.

 

Welcoming Our New Family Members

Our new family members are Ilina and Etsub.

                            They have come from Focus Africa due to its unfortunate dismantling because of very low numbering members. We interviewed them, and they said that they chose Daraja as they love our message of spreading positivity and girl love all across the globe.

They wanted a G.C that was based on Africa and women’s human right of education and freedom. They and I quote wanted something “hands-on” rather than just listening to a bunch of people talking about an issue but not doing anything about it.

They said that they are really passionate about helping out. Ilina says that they were in Focus Africa, it was a focus group and didn’t raise funds, went to the place, or have any charitable activity, so this was new to them and they liked the idea of actively helping out.

Itsub looks forward to helping Kenyan girls, as she says Kenya is Ethiopia’s neighbouring country, where she is from, therefore it hits close to home, and Ilina is looking forward to treating the girls like her sisters and take part in all activities hosted by the G.C.

Ilina has now joined the Advocacy group and looks forward to posting a lot of content and information about Daraja. She has many great ideas and is eager to share all of them with you.

Etsub has joined the Indirect Service group as she loves the idea of hosting events and activities representing Daraja.

Many Thanks and Well Wishes to our new family members, Itsub and Ilina

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!

The four groups of the GC working

                            The Research Team                               The Indirect Team

                          The Direct Team                                      The Advocacy Team

The teams above are working hard on their own individual goals, and together working on a combined goal for the Daraja GC

Pen pal letters

Today in Daraja session,We received Pen Pal letters from the lovely girls in Nanyuki, Kenya.It’s such a nice feeling to hear from them.They talked about their hobbies, their school and etc.They also sent their email which is really good because in that way, we can communicate more often and the most amazing part was that some of us have some things in common.

We also wrote back to them today and answering the question they have for us from their letter and just writing on how our life in UWCSEA is going.It’s really great to always make connection with the people that we are working with.

To conclude, in Daraja GC,Pen Pal letters is one of the way we build our strong connection and relationships with the girls.

If you agree drop a comment below.

 

 

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