Mentoring

The mentoring program is engrained in different projects of FAWE. Mentors provide guidance for girls during their activities and studies and act as their role models.

What is mentoring?

  • In the Ambassadors Girls Scholarschip Program (AGSP) Mentoring, developed by USAID, a mentor is a woman from the community who is committed to the education and advancement of young women
  • The mentor is an excellent role model for young people and is willing to commit her time and energy
  • The mentor is able to work in one-on-one or group setting with female students as a means of encouraging, motivating and supporting them through their academic endeavors and life in general.

Who can become a mentor?

Anyone with a genuine interest in and concern for the young people in theri community. They have to be willing to do what they can as to help the young people succeed. Mentors have different backgrounds: teachers, parents, univeristy schooled, no formal education, …

Why is mentoring important for girls?

In many communities in Africa, pre-school teachers are female, however many primary and most secondary school teachers are male. In a crucial period for girls’ self development of self-identity, self-esteem and physical, emotional and mental maturity it is important that girls receive support through many forms, including that of a female mentor.
Education systems do not equip students to cope with real life situations, especially girls. They are not taught to speak out, be assertive or communicate effectively and so in situations that require strong negotiations and decision making skills girls ofen can’t cope. They are not brought up to aspire for leadership roles or to challenge the status quo.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

Mentors provide support and guidance, developing a trusting relationship with the girls. They help, encourage and support them in learning more, about themselves and in making positive choices. They will empower girls to identify personal, professional and academic goals and how to achieve them through a variety of activities and new experiences.

They will alsof follow up and monitor progress to ensure the success of the mentoring efforts. Mentors also cooperate en collaborate, mentors serve as a liaison with the school administration, teachers and parents for challenging issues that a girl or a group of girls may be experiencing.

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