In many African countries many schools are still closed because of Covid-19. For children without access to online classes, local Her Choice partners in Burkina Faso and Senegal (as Enda Jeunesse Action does in these pictures) have found an alternative, namely education through community radio in cooperation with trained teachers and youth clubs.
On the one hand lessons are given to children with a learning disadvantage and to those who are preparing their final exams. On the other hand, information about Her Choice related themes is continued. This was necessary after observing that covid-19 makes vulnerable children even more vulnerable.
Research has taught us that the number of child marriages increases explosively in times of crisis and pandemics. We are therefore concerned about the consequences of this crisis on the wellbeing of our main target group: girls and women. In the communities where Her Choice operates, they are already in a vulnerable position, but now, in addition to the health risk, they are at great risk of becoming victims of poverty, which is rapidly worsening as a result of the crisis, and increasing domestic violence.
We are therefore also committed to activities that strengthen the safety and well-being of our target group. In the deployment of these activities, we will continue to use the six Her Choice programme strategies. This approach enables us to continue to contribute to the results of the programme. Our work is now more necessary than ever. Now more than ever, we can play a crucial role in protecting vulnerable groups.