We talk regularly about the importance of Life Skills for the orphaned and vulnerable children on the Back to School programme. E3 believes that if a child is trained well at a young age on how to behave and what to focus on in life, it becomes a way of living for the child, which then enables him/her to deal effectively with the demands and challenges that they will face in the future. We want to equip children to make wise choices, cope with past experiences and pursue their goals and dreams, with God at the centre of their lives.
The theme of the Life Skills workshops for this year is Being Born Again, and 1,071 Back to School children are attending bi-monthly Life Skills workshops this year. There is also a Girls’ Club, which is a support group for 100 girls, through which sanitary pads are distributed so girls can attend school all through the month.
- Sharing the Bible in the light of challenges and issues they face and God’s love for them
- Workshops on career choices
- Inspirational talks by motivational speakers (for example, a young person from their own community who has escaped the cycle of poverty and is studying at university)
- Sports days to build confidence, have fun and learn skills to stay fit and healthy
- Sanitary pad distribution through Girls’ Clubs, which create a space to openly discuss challenges that teenage girls and their friends may be facing, such as abuse, teenage pregnancy and peer pressure.
“Train up a child in the way they should go and even when they are old they will not part from it.” Proverbs 22.6