Take Our Daughters to Work Week
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The elephant in the room is that most girls who start school won't end it. The causes of high drop-out and low enrollment rates for girl students in Togo are mired in complicated and difficult sociological, economical, religious, and cultural baggage. Take Our Daughters to Work Week aspires to relieve young Togolese women of that baggage, and to motivate them to stay in school and become successful professionals and role models.
Peace Corps Volunteers and Togolese community partners have been using TODTWW to inspire girl students since the 1990's. In the Maritime Region, the event takes place in Lome, the capital of Togo. School directors and community leaders throughout the region will be selecting the twenty students who will partake in the event. The students will spend September 28th to October 2nd in Lome, and will be visiting the University of Lome, the airport, a bank, a post office, a hospital, and several businesses. The women who work at these places will share how their hard work and studies led to their success. Between field visits, the students will attend workshops on communication skills, time and money management, setting goals, and sexual health. The students will also be trained on how to share these skills with their friends and siblings back home, where they are expected to become peer educators, and mentors. Partnership funds will be used to pay for the logistics of the event, primarily lodging and meals. The participants will be providing their own supplies and transport. The NGO workers and the guest speakers will be volunteering their time.
It is easier to stay in school and work hard when you know how far this path can take you. This is what TODTWW wants to illuminate to its participants- all the possibilities that await them.