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Shonglap - empowering girls

bangladesh, jenter går langs veien, shonglap, foto: per fronth

«Without Shonglap
I'd be lost.»
- Champa Akhter (14), graduated Shonglap student.

The issue
Few girls in rural Bangladesh complete primary school, and many are unable to find any form of employment. As a result, many girls are forced into situations of trafficking and early marriage.
The goal
By providing girls with critical consciousness, basic education, life skills, job skills and a small business loan, Shonglap is empowering girls to overcome these challenges and take control of their lives.

The programme

The Shonglap program is divided into four phases, all with the aim of graduating self-confident, independent girls.

1
For the first three months, girls are made aware of their present situation and reflect on how they can overcome it. Those who need it receive help with basic education (reading, writing and maths).
2
During the next six months, girls learn various life skills in a dialogical class room setting. The themes include health & hygiene information, they are taught problem solving and communication skills.
3
In the programme's last 3 months, girls receive vocational training in an income-generating activity of their choice (tailoring/embroidery, raising animals, raising crops, beauty school or culinary skills).
4
At the end of the year-long programme, Shonglap girls who are interested in starting their own businesses are given a small interest-free loan. Some become apprentices or find other means of employment.

How are these girls empowered?

1
The Shonglap graduates have learned how to effectively communicate and interact with community members with confidence.
2
They become informed of their rights and are equipped to challenge negative practices that lead to oppressive situations.
3
The graduates establish themselves as influential and respected members of society, and become role models for other girls.
4
This creates a ripple effect that help raise the status of girls and women throughout their communities and the entire country.

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