Girls Clubs at Gorongosa

Girls Clubs provide a safe and nurturing environment for young girls. Girls meet every weekday to study and learn life skills. They are provided school materials and uniforms to facilitate their continued enrollment in school. Girls go on excursions to learn about career options and receive career counseling from young women.This activity started in 2016; there are currently 50 clubs that serve 2000 girls.

About 94 percent of girls in Mozambique enroll in primary school, but only 11 percent of them continue on to secondary school (USAID, 2019). Enrollment rates are increasing, yet quality education in Mozambique is limited, especially in rural areas. According to UNICEF, an alarming 66 percent of students graduate from primary school without proper reading, writing and math skills. Students walk long distances to attend classes, and performing household chores leaves girls with little time for school. Mozambique’s female literacy rate is less than half that of males (28 percent vs. 60 percent). 

Teenage pregnancy and early marriages cause girls drop out of school. Thirty to 40 percent of all girls marry before they turn age 18. Girls’ education is not valued and or prioritized as it is for boys, and girls are marginalized due to cultural norms. Often, only boys are educated beyond 7th grade, while girls stay home to take care of the household. Women are often marginalized, unempowered and not allowed to make household decisions.  

What We Do 

Girls Clubs keeps girls in school by encouraging them to complete their studies, delay pregnancy, and bring an end to child marriages. 

Girls Club meetings

Girls Clubs provide a safe and nurturing environment for young girls. Girls meet every weekday to study and learn life skills. They are provided school materials and uniforms to facilitate their continued enrollment in school. Girls go on excursions to learn about career options and receive career counseling from young women.This activity started in 2016; there are currently 50 clubs that serve 2000 girls.

Create supportive education spaces 

We build activity rooms and safe spaces where Girls Clubs meet. These are conventional buildings made of cement bricks. We started in 2018 and and have built and furnished eight activity rooms so far, and have plans fopr a further 92.

Provide Summer Camps. 

We have so far run three summer camps in which 102 girls gained life skills. 

Provide academic scholarships to secondary and technical schools for girls are for their mentors. 

We assist girls in achieving their educational goals by providing Girls Club members scholarships for secondary school (five years in duration) and we enable the promoters who organize the Girls Clubs to receive technical training (three years in duration).

Your money will provide scholarships, accomodation and financial support to young girls on their education journey.

Additional Education Programs

Youth Clubs

Youth Clubs are safe spaces where secondary school youth—girls and boys—can learn and practice life skills, leadership, and increase their knowledge about biodiversity conservation, local environmental issues, and other topics of interest.

Eco Clubs

Eco Clubs are a behaviour change program that encourages communities around the Park to adopt behaviours that benefit both nature and people, helping people to realize their survival depends on sustainable resource use and conservation.

Gorongosa Park Clubs

The Gorongosa Park Clubs Program improves children’s literacy and numeracy as well as cognitive, social, and emotional skills. We train teachers in innovative pedagogy that is appropriate for rural students and prepare teachers to create additional learning opportunities.