Rukmini Foundation has been running after school programs known as G.L.O.W. Clubs with the support of our partner Global G.L.O.W. Here, girls get involved in different activities. which are not usually taught in the regular school classes. The curriculum in public schools is mostly theory based. And, the teaching method is also equally antiquated – teachers lecture and students listen; and their performance is solely based on how well they do in tests. There are very few interactions between teachers and students, and teachers rarely encourage students to ask questions or express their opinion.
So, we’re trying to bring programs which complement the overall learning opportunities, and G.L.O.W. club programs have been instrumental in doing just that with their innovative curriculums. Girls involved in the Clubs are more vocal in expressing their views, and have more creative skills through various programs. This has been very popular among students, teachers and parents as well.
Last year we started a program called Girl Boss program that was designed to introduce some understanding about business, career planning as well as entrepreneurial skills for young girls. The program was done through involving girls in fun games, creative activities and free discussions in the group.
This is a two part program, Girl Boss Basics and Girl Boss Business.
Girl Boss basics: 10 -12 weeks of workshop – The program is designed to introduce the entrepreneurial mindset to girls as it applies to their lives, whereby they develop skills to set and pursue goals for their futures. They also will learn the fundamentals of digital skills. Most importantly, the program is intended to inspire the girls that they can be Bosses too.
Girl Boss Business is a 16 weeks program that will make them more confident by providing knowledge that introduces business entrepreneurship and digital tools whereby they develop business ideas and formulate and present their business plans.
Graduation ceremony on Girl Boss Basic completion
Last August, 10 students from our area schools participated in the Girl Boss basics Workshop, and just recently successfully completed the program and had a graduation ceremony. Now, they qualify to advance to the second part, Girl Boss Business.
Girls decorated the celebration room with their arts and quotes written by themselves. Program started with their introduction. They seemed more confident than they were in the beginning of the program. This is how they shared their experiences:
I feel that girls need to be economically independent. After completing the program I am more confident about myself, recognize my own strength and skills, and am passionate about the activities that we used to practice in the workshop. I also learned how to use social media properly. My aim is to open a bank in the future and provide employment opportunities to the people.
It was a great opportunity to be involved in the Girl Boss program and learn about entrepreneurship at an early age. I learned a good lesson i.e. we should believe in ourselves. I got the knowledge that can be used in our practical life. I am passionate about my dream. I want to be a good dancer. Then, I will open my own dance studio to teach the dance to others.
I got the great opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship. I realized that Girls can also become leaders of the society by being financially and emotionally independent. All the sessions and today’s program have inspired me to achieve my goals.
I congratulate all of the girls for successfully completing the first part of the Girl Boss Program. I hope that you all set goals now to be independent and successful. I am hopeful that you will not just be a job seeker, but a job creator.
After receiving the hats and the certificates, they cut the Graduation cake and shared their happiness with each other. We wish them sweet success in life.
We thank our partner Global G.L.O.W. for their support for providing such programs. Thanks also to our Program Coordinator, Apsara Adhikari for her guidance, and Didi Aasha Poudel for conducting the program successfully.