Supporting girls’ education and women’s livelihood

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Are you interested in education, gender, rural development and health? This project deals with education in menstrual hygiene and the promotion of sanitary pads. Participants should have a fair idea on either education, women’s health, gender, community development or agriculture and communication.

The host organization Research & Counselling Foundation for African Migrants (RECFAM) engages in the conduct of evidence-based quantitative and qualitative research that raises awareness of the motivating factors underpinning development, education, child abuse, human and child trafficking as well as all other issues related to regular and irregular migration. The organization works with 7 staff members and 2 volunteers and conducted programs with Ghanaian government institutions and international non-governmental organisations such as the International Organization for Migration. RECFAM aims at providing successful reintegration services without prejudices to vulnerable children and migrants in need of such services. The overall mission is to protect vulnerable children and promote safe migration. This is reached through educational counselling regarding HIV/aids to young migrants as well as vulnerable children and victims of trafficking.

The internship will take place in the Eastern region of Ghana, in Ahwerase-Darmang, Allafia and Asunafo. The goals of the internship are to produce and distribute sanitary pads to rural school girls in the targeted schools. The aim is to eradicate drop-out or absenteeism of girls from school during their menstruation. Furthermore, education on menstrual hygiene care and regarding stigmatizations surrounding menstruation is carried out in various schools and communities. Moreover, sanitary pad usage is promoted among girls that do not attend school and women in selected communities. Through these activities entrepreneurial skills training and assisting in local initiatives for economic empowerment are encouraged.

Your concrete tasks as GLEN intern will include assisting in the production of sanitary pads and distributing them. You will also organize campaigns and workshops in target schools and communities around menstrual hygiene. You will design and print education material, administer questionnaires at schools as well as monitoring and evaluating the program of RECFAM and write reports.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be formed by a German and a Polish participant working with a Ghanaian intern.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Health, Education, Society

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Health/Health Care, Education, Teaching, Social Work

Field(s) of study: Agricultural/Forest Science, Cultural Studies/Arts, Health/Medicine

Period of the internship: 3 months between August 2017 and October 2017

Country: Ghana

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Research & Counselling Foundation for African Migrants (RECFAM)

Classification of the internship in the development fields (Numbers): (2) Education, (3) Gender, (5) Health, (7) Culture,(8) Rural development

Number of the internship (to be filled in later on): 50004002-1106


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