Author Archives: Project GROW

GENDER DIGITAL DIVIDE AND FAIRNESS IN AFRICA

We may find that in an African classroom only some girls have access to a device and the internet. We also know that girls are less likely to have access than their brothers, and that accessibility is greatly affected by a young woman or girl’s economic circumstances.  Be aware that not all the girls you […]

ONLINE MENTORING – REMOTE POSSIBILITIES

Africa is vast, and we may often find our young people dispersed and far away from our youth clubs. This may be because the rainy season makes travel difficult, girls have responsibilities at home, and they get sent to far-away cities or villages for National Service, boarding school or work assignments, or lockdowns.  When a […]

OPENING HORIZONS THROUGH ONLINE LEARNING

One of the greatest benefits of being online is access to knowledge and learning. One of Africa’s greatest barriers to development has been that most universities and ‘experts’ have been abroad, in Europe and America, and our young women and we have not been able to access this information.  The internet means that we can […]

MODELLING ONLINE SAFETY: YOUR YOUTH CLUB SOCIAL MEDIA

If you use social media, which could include WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or others to stay in touch with young women and girls, put safety first in your youth work. We want to trust everyone around us, but it is always better to be prudent. Remembering Consent Once something is online it is there forever. This […]

ENGAGING YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN THROUGH YOUR YOUTH CLUB’S ONLINE PRESENCE

Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It’s almost a disadvantage if you’re not on it now. […]

AFRICAN GIRLS, PORN AND YOUTH WORK

Pornography is everywhere, and our African young women and girls are growing up in a culture where it is ubiquitous. Internet connectedness means exposure to porn, and we cannot be naive about this. Young People Passively Exposed It is not a matter of choice – most young women do not first come across porn because […]

YOUTH WORKERS EMPOWERING PARENTS IN THE DIGITAL ERA

The young desire not merely to be understood, but to be understood by telepathy; not merely to be permitted to tell their troubles, but to be prevailed on to do so. The more care they take to conceal their feelings, the greater their disillusionment if one fails to discover them. Sarah Caudwell As youth workers, […]

ONLINE SCAMS AND YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN

Awino was coming to the end of her studies, and she and her classmates were looking for jobs online and through the school’s contacts. The school’s contacts – the places where she had got work experience – typically offered just over the minimum wage for entry-level positions. It was more than her mother earned in […]

HOW CYBER BULLYING AFFECTS AFRICAN GIRLS

Awino has missed one week of school. She refuses to leave the house, and her mother cannot understand what is wrong with her. Finally, she breaks down and explains to her mother that some of her friends have insulted her on her class Whatsapp group. They have told lies about her, and now everyone believes […]

ONLINE SAFETY

Awino began to make many new friends online, and some began asking to meet her. One of them, Chris, even promised her a trip to the beach during the school holiday. He seemed like a very nice person. Awino excitedly shared the news with one of the youth club leaders, Pauline. Awino was surprised at […]