The Nigerian Girl Guides Association has launched its Voices Against Violence curriculum in over 40 schools across the country, with the aim of reducing all forms of violence against children and young women.
Voices Against Violence, a joint collaboration between UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, is a global non-formal education curriculum for children in schools and communities. It trains youth leaders to deliver age-appropriate content to children and young people.
Through activities such as role play, discussions and games, participants learn about violence against women and girls as well as how to challenge gender stereotypes and social norms and build respectful relationships.
The programme is being supported by 10 Girl Guide champions from Nigeria who will be ensuring Girl Guides from across the country are equipped to train others on how they can prevent and put a stop to violence.
According to Nigerian Girl Guide champion, Joyce Sambo, 21 (right):
“It’s painful to witness the violence girls and women suffer day in day out – particularly in Northern Nigeria, where I am from. The Voices Against Violence curriculum combined with my Girl Guiding experience has provided an opportunity to speak out for girls and women who are unable to make their voices heard.”
Voices Against Violence aims to ensure young people are aware of their rights and feel confident enough to speak out against violence, building from a “whisper to a shout”, inspiring action across communities.
The Girl Guides Association of Nigeria hopes to reach approximately 84,000 young people with its transformative Voices Against Violence curriculum.