Higher Education for at-risk Girls
Building Capacity Outreach is a non-profit organization working in Liberia and Zambia providing educational and skills for at-risk girls.
In Liberia, we support Mervin Bettle school for early learning. Liberia civil war left most of it schools and colleges in need of assistance. We are focusing on developing a better environment and a supportive space for learning for the students.
What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)
Tasila is one of our students completing her internship in Kitwe, Zambia. She is in her final year.
Geography of focus (500 characters)
We are very pleased to present this proposal to your organization for your consideration to support us as we transform at-risk girls lives who are marginalized. Building Capacity Outreach has provided financial support for three at risk girls. Two of the girls are attending teacher’s college in Zambia while one just graduated from teachers’ college. These efforts were possible from personal resources. The objectives is to help more young at risk girls who are forced into early marriages.
Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)
We are confident that there are more girls we can enroll into college or vocational school in the near future once we can allocate more funding. “College and Vocational Education for at-risk Girls” will develop more at risk girls with the skills and knowledge needed to improve their lives. By improving and creasing girls’ abilities, they will remain valuable contributors to their communities and families as well. We cannot let this opportunity pass us as we can make the difference
What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)
Building Capacity Outreach deem it necessary to make a significant impact to change this culture of leaving at-risk vulnerable young girls behind. We believe they do need someone like us to provide them the opportunity to gain access to a valuable college education that move them out of poverty to the middle class. We have seen measurable success and we are now seeking to expand our program College Education for at-risk Girls, and address the needs these girls in Liberia and Zambia.
What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)
1. Ascertains resources and support for at risk girls to obtain a college education and vocational training;
2. Ensures earlier access to share resources and services, to lower the incidence of conflicts such as, early marriages, health awareness, issues force girls for entering advance education and resilience, and to reduce stigma of not have babies early and discrimination;
3. Implementation of communities base projects, develop strategies to engage communities to allow girls the opportunity to further their education beyond high school; and
4. Increases the strength and capacity of Building Capacity Outreach to be a viable and sustainable organization that provides a unique service and support to for at risk girls in Zambia and Liberia.
What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)
In a research conducted by Ilia and Rose, they argued that “Given that the gap in participation between rich and poor has, if anything, widened over time … The prospects for women are particularly concerning. In that study, they found that, in countries where access to education is restricted to a very small proportion of under-25s overall, the difference in participation between men and women is small.” The study added that “in 24 of the 30 countries where at least some of the poorest are enrolled, poor young women were the least likely to enter university and in 15 countries, rich men were the most likely to. In Guinea, a country in West Africa, the paper says, less than 0.1 percent of poor young women enrolled, and compared with 1.1 percent of poor young men and 15% of rich young men.” The United Nation added that women in most rural communities suffer from inequalities, such as discriminatory laws, little or no social protection and labor rights. These were some of the factors.
Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)
We are focusing in Kitwe, the Copperbelt in Zambia and in Liberia, we are working in Johnsonville with Bettie School of Early Learning.
How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)
During the past three years, Diana and I have been piloting our program “College and Vocational Education for at-risk Girls” through our non-profit Building Capacity Outreach. One of our girls have graduated from teachers’ college, one is in Kitwe Teacher’s College, and one has completed college preparatory school now enrolled in college. We are confident that there are more girls we can enroll into college or vocational school in the near future once we can allocate more funding. “College and Vocational Education for at-risk Girls” will develop more at risk girls with the skills and knowledge needed to improve their lives. By improving and creasing girls’ abilities, they will remain valuable contributors to their communities and families as well. We cannot let this opportunity pass us as we can make the difference in the lives of those who depend on us for access to life changing opportunity “a better education.”
What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)
What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing
Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled
Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing
Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries
Idea Proposal Stage
Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.
Group or Organization Name
Building Capacity Outreach
Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)
We established Building Capacity Outreach, a nonprofit, due to our passion to change at risk girls’ lives in our respective parts of Africa. We believe that girls should not be forced into lesser conditions despite the odds. This brings to mine a statement made by Gandhi, he once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Change, we believed, can come if we are willing to act collectively. We believe in the potential of girls and we have the chance now to make the difference in the lives of many at-risk girls in parts of Africa and around the world. Co-founder Diana McCluney completed her MBA from the University of Arkansas in operation management and founder Wilmot Adekoya completed his PhD in Public Policy and Administration/Homeland security Coordination from Walden University.
Type of submitter
We are a registered Non-Profit Organization
Organization Headquarters: Country
29 Varone Drive
Stafford Virginia 22554
United States of America
Organization Headquarters: City / State
29 Varone Drive
Stafford Virginia 22554
United States of America