Programmes > Champions
This programme seeks to tackle both prevention and reintegration. The primary lever is the introduction of new actors, which is achieved by placing four experienced, professional child and youth care workers on the school premises.
The project implements 5 primary activities – a dropout referral system and reintegration, an early warning system, unstructured academic support (homework), psychosocial support, and primary caregiver engagement. This project addresses very real poverty-related issues to dropping out of school, i.e. children with no school shoes or access to washing facilities, and how providing these can shift attendance. The aim of the Champions programme is to prevent children from dropping out of school by providing an intensive school based child and youth care service to meet the multiple and complex needs of vulnerable adolescent girls and boys in grades 8 and 9. This is completed by a reintegration component that seeks to target learners who have already dropped out of school and reintegrate them back into the school system and prevent them from dropping out again. Services include school based interventions, family focused interventions and community awareness campaigns.