Protect Our Youth Clubs
WEI/Bantwana launched Protect Our Youth Clubs in 43 community day secondary schools in Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Kasungu and Mzimba Districts. The clubs aim to help prevent and reduce SRGBV through protective asset building, life skills and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) information, and by addressing gender norms and power relationships that contribute to unwanted pregnancy and early marriage.
Teachers are trained to act as matrons/patrons of POY clubs, and deliver the WEI/Bantwana-developed My Dreams, My Choice Plus curriculum during club sessions. Through this curriculum, students are empowered to work collaboratively; to speak out and take action against inequality, social injustice, abuse, examine unequal power dynamics and challenge gender norms that discriminate against girls and perpetuate GBV.
School bonanzas are an innovation designed to improve response mechanisms to SRGBV and facilitate linkages to services.