On the 4th of May 2019, Girls Excel fulfilled its promise to the peer educators who participated in a two day workshop organised
within the framework of the project ‘Menstrual Hygiene Campaign in Schools’ in December 2018. Represented by two of our members Ms Mercy Dinka’a (State registered nurse and volunteer ) and Ms Etaka Tchunte Bibiche (accountant and volunteer), a new Girls Excel Mentoring (GEM) Club was launched at the Atlantic Technical and Commercial College (HARPAWISE) in Limbe, South West region of Cameroon. Girls Excel creates these girls-led clubs in rural communities and schools to train adolescent girls as peer educators on menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health education. Thanks to funding from the British High Commission in Yaounde, Girls Excel has been able to train a total of over 153 girls in 4 regions namely Adamawa, Far North, South West and North West regions in Cameroon.
As a follow up of the two day training which took place in Limbe, Girls Excel had promised the girls that its team of community workers, focal points and volunteers will come back to launch girls-led clubs in their schools. GEM clubs means Girls Excel Mentoring Clubs and through these clubs, we empower the girls to replicate the solutions to their peers and to create safe spaces where girls can talk freely about issues affecting their bodies and ask questions without fear or shame. The fundings from the British High Commission in Yaounde enabled Girls Excel to furnish the new club at HARPAWISE with cotton fabrics, threads, scissors, tapes, needles and other sewing tools to enable the club function sustainably. Ms Mercy Dinka’a, a GE volunteer and state registered nurse, who lead the team during the event shared this with us.
The student and school administrators were very happy about the materials that they receive to run the club and they are very happy with Girls Excel and the British High Commission in Yaounde. At the end of the launching ceremony, we promised the students that Girls Excel and their school administrators are always ready to support their leadership journey