Through this program, school authorities monitored girls’ attendance and instances of corporal punishment and harassment. Teachers and community leaders, including police and health officials, received training on child protection matters.
Communities established student councils at all 17 schools to serve as the voice of pupils and engage with school officials. Working with the group Theatre for a Change, the councils helped bring skits and games into the schools to address issues of GBV, positive discipline and child protection.
During this program, female attendance and retention rates in Nsanje schools increase. There was also a decline in violence and in the percentage of students and teachers who believed physical punishment was acceptable for disciplining learners.
Ending child marriage and GBV is a job for all genders. As such, male students, fathers, and community elders met to explore issues of masculinity and gender equality. These meetings resulted in the establishment of the fathers’ group that Dinyero chairs. Their work includes mediating situations like Daliyesi’s, or bringing in authorities when they can’t work out a solution. This is to ensure that girls have access to a safe learning environment.