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Coaches Across Continents creates "Education Outside the Classroom" with a focus on Female Leadership in Marsabit, Kenya

CAC will implement our Education outside the Classroom initiative with partner HODI to address their request for gender equity through sport

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What problem does your innovation solve?

We work with HODI to challenge harmful cultural traditions such as FGM, allowing girls and women to make informed personal and collective choices for their futures. When it comes to facing emergency situations like the current drought, activating the voices and creativity of half the population will contribute to sustainable community responsibility.

Explain your innovation.

"ASK for Choice: Bringing Gender Policies to Life" with HODI focuses on a range of leadership skills in order to empower females in Marsabit to find and create opportunities for women and girls to contribute to society. We also work with men and boys to challenge harmful attitudes towards females, creating more cultural space and balance. Our innovation is the ASK for Choice: Bringing Gender Policies to Life program, which creates "Education Outside the Classroom" through our Self-Directed Learning methodology. We will mentor and guide the staff of HODI through our innovative methodology and curriculum via our year-round Process Consultancy. ASK for Choice provides education for: *Attitudes towards girls' education, mothers and daughters, informal work and employment, and gender roles and stereotypes. *Skills towards problem solving, leadership, confident voices, self-directed learning, employability and community responsibility. *Knowledge for health and wellness, gender policies and financial skills to create choices for girls and women’s rights. Through our collaborative Needs Analysis, we have identified gender roles, women’s rights, and community-building as priorities within the ASK for Choice curriculum. Throughout the consultancy process, HODI coaches and community members will be empowered to engage children in learning outside the classroom. We will Design, Develop, and Implement a unique pathway that leads to a legacy of sustainable change.

Who benefits?

CAC will work directly to educate and empower young female leaders, many from the ages of 14-18, to become the next generation of leaders in Marsabit. These leaders have the ability to begin to address harmful and entrenched societal norms based on tradition, religion, and culture. In addition to educating these young girls as leaders, we will work with the entire community, from boys to parents to grandparents, looking to create multi-generational change. In turn, the entire society will benefit from this innovation. We will measure our success based on the UN Sustainable Development goals, specifically: 1) No Poverty, 3) Good Health, 4) Quality Education, 5) Gender Equality. Under these Goals, we will focus on 9 Targets.

How is your innovation unique?

Education Outside the Classroom combines our published Self-Directed Learning methodology alongside our ASK for Choice curriculum. The Self-Directed Learning methodology fosters creativity and problem solving skills that are applicable for life, while also building confidence and empowering voices. The curriculum addresses real social issues by intentionally integrating play and education through innovative metaphors and experiential learning. In Marsabit, Kenya, these metaphors will challenge negative practices, teach about equal rights, promote gender equity, and youth leadership CAC is the only global NGO providing year-round educational and professional development resources to help organizations and communities Design, Develop and Implement sustainable pathways and projects based on the UN SDGs. We already have an extensive network of hundreds of partners on 6 continents, proving that we can localize our Education Outside the Classroom methodology and curriculum to any context.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

We want to learn more from the HODI community about the current drought situation and how that is impacting current learning and how the stresses of the drought are impacting daily life. We want to listen and share ideas - and then co-designing a way forward using ASK for Choice and SDL methodology to empower the female leaders to take an active role in coping with current difficulties, recovering, and preventing similar challenges in future droughts or other disasters.

Tell us more about you.

CAC is a team of 10 full-time staff plus nearly 100 volunteers. We work directly with 100s of community partners in more than 45 countries. Our 4 volunteer Boards include a Board of Directors, Business Advisory, ASK for Choice, and Coach Advisory teams. CAC mentors organizations through our Education Outside the Classroom program to create legacies of positive social change. We work with a variety of partners in Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Australia.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

Marsabit is a rural town with heavy dust, little infrastructure, little funding for healthcare facilities, and difficult access to next big city (evacuation not easy). CAC has infrastructure because of several years of work with local implementing partner - easy for us to tap into local resources and build on our already sustainable work - with greater focus on addressing drought disaster and expanding educational opportunities for female leaders

Where will your innovation be implemented?

Marsabit, Kenya. Additionally, there is a wait list of NGOs, governments and foundations from 55 countries that have requested our Process Consultancy. Our expertise is our ability to adapt our consultancy to best fit each context. Organizations operating in emergency settings are some of the best fit to utilize and benefit from our Process Consultancy resources.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

In-country Networks

We have had 6 years partnership with HODI in Marsabit. We also have an extensive Kenyan network of partners, including organizations in Nairobi, Kitale, Eldoret, Homa Bay, Migori, and Likoni, and have worked in Kenya since 2009. We also have an extensive partnership with many more NGOs, government organizations, schools, and sports clubs all over East Africa.

Sector Expertise

  • I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

Since 2008 we have worked in 44 countries with 420 community partners. To date, we have educated and certified 20,000+ community coaches and directly impacted over 2 million young people. We have post-disaster experience in Nepal & the Philippines. Our work and expertise has been recognized through 21 major global awards, invitations for dozens of international presentations and keynote speeches annually, published methodology, and CSR work in 20 countries for corporations and foundations.

Innovation Maturity

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.

Organization Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Organization Location

Coaches Across Continents is a US (EIN:32-0249174) and UK (Charity No: 1126743) registered non-profit organization


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