Since the last time we posted anything here.
So We have had Course 1 orientation and commencement for the 4th and last cohort this year. The training runs for 10 weeks whereby the students will receive a certificate when they finish this level. 50 students are going through this Basic computer training. Congratulations and welcome to the BITS family
Sanitary Pads Distribution
For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for many girls and young women in the informal settlement. Their sometimes forced to stay at home as most of them are unable to afford this basic necessity.
This gives the girls an opportunity to be free, to participate in daily activities, not to feel shamed or embarrassed, and empowered them – all with a sanitary pad. They have their dignity back. #WeareBITS #SRHR #YouthFriendlyServices
KGSA New Centre
Nairobits forged new partnership with jerseys a social initiative that turned into a school that started as a way to get young girls off of the streets and into something productive. wholesale jerseys China dream was to create a free secondary school for girls as a way to promote self-awareness, empowerment, and equality
Launch another Course1 centre in Kibera. This is a partnership between Nairobits and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy that seeks to ensure that more than 100 youth will be trained in Basic Computer Skills, SRHR, Entrepreneurship and lifeskills.
International Day of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
It is an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
We have had a parents meeting for all our levels of training. The aim of the parents meeting is to make the parents understand about the Nairobits program.
Generally the agendas touched on the following;
- Getting connected, Digital Garage and Media Lab – general syllabus
- Commitment fees
- Follow ups; Parents visit at the centre
- Support: How parents and guardians can play a role in job placements / Internships
- “Focused Group Discussion” – Recreation activities
- Discipline issues: NairoBits code of conduct
- The role of parents and guardians in mentoring their children.
- Nairobits overall program and values.
- Students conducts and well being.
- Our partners and how they support our work.
GUSO ALLIANCE LAUNCH
Laico Regency Hotel, probably the most awesome place I have ever been. It felt so awkward considering every person that was there was elegantly groomed excluding me. At the hotel was where the Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) Alliance was being cheap jerseys launched. I was uneasy at first till I saw other young people whose dress code was more or less like mine and with whom I could associate with.
Shortly after breakfast I went to the event hall, I hadn’t made any friends yet but at the table where I sat there was this girl probably my age and she dressed in a school uniform. When I started to converse with her, she told me that her name was Mercy and that she was 18years old, same age I am. Mercy seemed free-spirited, fun to hang out with and quite cheeky if I may say, I ?????? saw myself in her.
When our conversation started to get fun, you know the kind of talks any normal teens would have about fashion, music and what have you, she was asked to step outside because the baby needed to be breast fed you could clearly see cheap nfl jerseys the change in her mood.
The event kicked off in earnest. The dance for life team made a great performance God know I would love to move like that, what was so exciting and interesting about this group was how young they were the oldest was their leader who was at most 19years and the rest of the kids were 15years and below. The group used dance to send out a message, that you can use your talent to express yourself and can change another person’s life, dance can be a career and dance for life was a group that made this kids aware of their sexuality, taught them of their health and their rights through the SRHR programs. I wish I had someone who could teach me about my sexuality and my sexual rights and also how to use my talents to express myself at such age. The group also challenged me, I love poetry and singing I could say those are my talents and I will use them to express myself whenever I can because you never know who is watching. Different people were asked to share their stories and it was Mercy’s chance to take the stand, I didn’t expect her to break down but as she told her story everyone felt her sadness. She got pregnant for a guy in her class whom she didn’t even love, she is now a form four student with a barely two months old infant. She goes through discrimination as a teen mother who has not even completed her high school education, she has no liable friends neither does her child’s father has anything to do with her. She regrets never been taught about sexuality and not being able to say Fun no to peer pressure. I dreaded the mare thought of my sister or worse myself being in her shoes, I would say I am so lucky to have been taught SRHR before I found myself in such as Mercy’s situation. Mercy was brave to stand up and speak out her heart and challenge everyone, who would be there for her and many other teens who find themselves in such situations? What happens to their education? Who would be there to protect them from discrimination? What happens to their children? What will GUSO, SRHR and the country at large do to ensure that teen pregnancy is avoided? Similar stories were shared and I realize that they all lacked knowledge which put them in undesirable situations but they had the courage to come out and talk about it.
I learnt that knowledge is power, I am fortunate that Nairobits took me in and put me through the SRHR program where I learnt to protect myself from STDs, saying no to peer pressure, how to manage my emotions, how to appreciate my body changes and also how to understand myself and in return understand other people and know how to treat them. My life as a youth from unprivileged family and one that comes from marginalized area (Kariobangi) has not been the same since Nairobits took me in, I am able to study and build up my future. I have an opportunity to show the word that where I come from does not define who I am and that poverty is just but my stepping stone to my success in life.
After speeches the awaited moment to launch the alliance was here, I’ll admit it was pretty exciting I have never been in such a grand event, people danced and took pictures. I appreciate being part of the people that were there to launch GUSO. The lunch was superb; I have never been treated with such luxury it was really hard to choose what to eat so I picked a little bit of everything. Am so excited to see what GUSO has for us youth and how I can be part of those aiming to change the country and the word at large. I am ready, are you?