Why CHATS Girls’ Clubs?
AGE Africa knows that a scholarship alone is not enough to ensure that girls reach the academic finish line. To succeed in school and in life they must be able to self-advocate for their own life choices, be empowered with information about their sexual and reproductive health, and learn critical skills that will help them generate income on the market.
What is CHATS?
Creating Healthy Approaches to Success (CHATS) Girl’s Club is a three-year after-school program that aims to empower rural Malawian girls with core skills and information that they need for success in school and beyond.
Throughout the first two years, Girl’s CHAT participants cover fundamental life and leadership skills such as sexual and reproductive health, group facilitation, gender and rights, as well as self advocacy. These soft skills are important for girls’ emotional development and are shown to keep them engaged and enrolled in secondary school. Through the CHATS Club, girls gain a community of support both with classmates and mentors they can go to throughout their secondary school experience.
The third year of the CHATS Girl’s club focuses on a comprehensive entrepreneurship program where girls learn fundamental skills in starting and maintaining a small business. Girls then have the unique opportunity to put their learning into practice by starting their own entrepreneurial ventures as they plan to graduate from secondary school providing an important foundation and income for the girls for the rest of their lives.
In 2016, more than 1,600 girls will participated in CHATS girls’ club at 24 schools throughout southern Malawi with AGE Africa alumnae facilitating the groups.
- 90% of CHATS Girls’ Club members completed secondary school
- 91% delay marriage and pregnancy until after their 18th birthday