The young women we work with are part of families and communities. It’s important to help the young women we work with to realise that they can create positive change in their communities. We are always amazed and inspired by the girls we work with, often from very challenging homes, who choose to become mentors for younger girls when they have developed their professional standing. They could forget them, but they choose to give the gift of self-worth and raise aspirations to others. We can ask the girls we work with:

How can I help and improve the situation of my family, school and neighbours?

At home:

  • Do I contribute to the well-being of my family?
  • Do I offer help to my brothers and sisters?
  • Do I spend time and visit my relatives, especially those in need, and help them practically? (e.g. grandparents)

In school or in the youth project;

  • What are my responsibilities at school or in the youth project?
  • How do I help my classmates and other students at school or in the youth project?
  • Am I responsible for the duties given by the teachers or youth workers?

My neighbours & community

  • Do I help my community’s old, sick, needy and poor?
  • Do I know my neighbours? How do I help them?
  • How do I help to keep the environment in my neighbourhood clean?
  • Can I volunteer/do social work/community service?

Discuss: Do you think human beings are connected, beyond shared citizenship? (Explain the meaning of this – not just that people in your neighbourhood are connected, but each person in a classroom is connected to every other person on the earth.)

  • How are we all connected?
  • So what kind of community responsibility do we have?
  • As citizens of a country? As human beings?

Task: Think of 3 things we must and should do as active members of society.

Must do: 

Should do:

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