2019年2月28日木曜日

【Partner】STUDIO BARJARA(Ms. Atsuko )

We are pleased to introduce Ms. Atsuko, who is the head of STUDIO BARJARA.

Ms. Atsuko is offering African style dance and Pilates lessons, and she is also active as an organizer of GBN’s international exchange event Sanyu! In addition, we have received various support such as donations through the sales of dance costumes.

Good smile♪
She talked about her work, why she started to teach African dance and collaborations with GBN, etc.

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<What is your current work?> 
I have been mainly organizing “African style dance,” which is not traditional African dance but mixes various genres of dance. Besides that, I am active as a lecturer for hip hop & house dance classes for adults and children, Pilates lessons for women who are not good at exercising and function training, as well as health gymnastics for elderly people. I also organize and coordinate dance events, etc.

<Why did you start to teach African style dance?>
Originally, I was mainly learning street dance and jazz dance for becoming professional dancers. However, when I joined a workshop on African Dance at the dance school, I was moved by this dynamic and expressive dance; therefore, I began to learn it. I want many people to feel their heart will be liberated and feel great through dance, so I started to offer African style dance classes.

Looks very energetic!

<What is your passion in cooperating with GBN and your feelings toward Africa?>

I myself live without international assistance, but I am mainly working to teach African style dance. African style dance is supporting my life and I feel joy and sometimes sadness … I feel a lot of things.

I thought that maybe it was about time to give back to African style dance by helping Africa. Therefore, I am cooperating with the activities of GBN through organizing some events and donating from the sales of dance costumes. By deepening collaborative activities, I am glad that I can learn about Africa today and interact with lots of Africans through GBN.

I would like to continue my support and do what I can do by looking at Africa as a country that I still do not know much about.

<About African Style Dance lessons>
STUDIO BARJARA is waiting for you to start our dance lessons regardless of age and dance experience♪ Come join us!

Be sure to check out STUDIO BARJARA’s website!
https://www.studio-barjara.com/ (in Japanese)

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We really appreciate her continuous cooperation.
Thank you very much, Ms. Atsuko!




2019年2月19日火曜日

Report on “Mobilize 16 schools into active ‘environmental protection clubs’ including tree planting”


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the second report of 2nd year of this project.

Environmental protection club in the tree planting at school
This time, ‘Activity 1.7 Mobilize 16 schools into active environmental protection clubs including supporting them plant 100 trees per school (fruit trees)’ were carried out on June to Sep 2018.
16 environmental protection clubs were created and these clubs are made up of 20 children each school.

Roles of these clubs
  • School based clubs provide an excellent opportunity to foster environmental education and champion environmental responsibility that the formed environmental protection clubs will be the lead teams when it comes to issues concerning the environment in their respective schools.
  • These clubs provide best ways of teaching their fellow young about environmental issues and carry out waste management, soil conservation, and tree plantation.
  • These clubs are creating awareness, advocacy, conservation, maintenance of school environment, and have brought unity in the schools.


SORAK staff participated in launching the tree planting

Children showcase the tree seedlings
Outcome by the club activities is positively impacting the environment by tree planting and are sensitizing their fellow pupils in hygiene and proper waste management.

School based environmental protection clubs were successfully formed and they promised to work hand in hand with SORAK, school management committee to keep an open eye on the environment.


You can find the details in the reports below,

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)


2019年2月18日月曜日

【Event】Sanyu! vol.3(2019/3/21)

"Sanyu" means "Happy" in Ugandan language.

Global Bridge Network(GBN) collaborates with African dance group, "Studio Barjara" and African Jembe(African traditional drum) group, "African drum class Djembe players" in this event to introduce many variety of African culture :)
We have African dance shows, drum show, introducing GBN’s activity and African craft shop.


We are looking forward to meeting you in our event!

・Date and time: March 21st, 2019 13:30~15:30 (Open 13:00)
・Venue: MOANA (Minatomirai line, Bashamichi station)
 https://tabelog.com/kanagawa/A1401/A140104/14030826/
・Program:
 13:00 Open
 13:30 Start and introducing GBN activities
 14:10 Free time(communicate between guests)
 14:30 African style dance & Jembe(African drum) show
 14:50   Free time(communicate between guests)
 15:10 Ugandan dance time
 15:30 Close

・Ticket: 3,000 JPY(Advance), 3,500JPY(At door)
   (Incl. Free Drink & Buffet)
・Performers: STUDIO BARJARA、African drum class Djembe players、Global Bridge Network
・Booking: https://ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/67d31824571916
This QR code is also available for your booking!

・Contact: info@globalbridgenetwork.org
・Organizer: Global Bridge Network
・Coordinator: STUDIO BARJARA

2019年2月10日日曜日

【Educational Environment】Impact Assessment Report

This is the second phase of the project on ‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda’ supported by funds from the Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan, Co., Ltd.

At this time, we will report about Impact Assessment report of this project made in December, 2018.
This study targeted and assessed all categories of beneficiaries and reached 48 pupils (12 boys and 36 girls. Pupils interviewed from each of the 3 respective schools included; Lwawuna P/S 21 pupils, Kibalinga P/S 15 pupils and PCLC 12 pupils.

Lwawuna MHM club representative facilitating the training

This exercise further assessed 8 community members who had earlier participated in the parish based awareness raising on SORAK made reusable sanitary pads, out of 8 who were assessed 6 were female and 2 were male. The assessment further interviewed 2 school managers (1 from Lwawuna and another one from PCLC) and 3 senior woman and 3 senior male teachers.

The process of data collection among learners commenced on 20th November 2018 and ended on 27th November in Lwawuna Primary School, Nabingoola Sub County, St. Joseph Kibalinga Primary School and Precious Child Learning Centre (PCLC), Kibalinga Sub County respectively.

PCLC learners making reusable sanitary pad

Every stakeholder has changed their attitude towards menstruation.
We will show you the parts of report as follows.

・Boys have become supportive. As a result, there is reduced stigma and many boys have even joined clubs.
・Teachers have improved their attitude toward girl’s menstruation. They had never provided information on menstruation in the past, but after SORAK project, they openly teach about menstruation issues.
・Parents are no longer shy to talk about menstruation with their own daughters because they feel they have some information about menstruation acquired from SORAK. Some parents are asking for more trainings.
Learners displaying reusable sanitary pads they made.

Based on the MHM Project performance and availability of funds, SORAK could improve menstrual hygiene management among in-school adolescent girls plus achieving better grades. 
SORAK had also created incredible impact in the community, among the targeted schools of implementation, boys, girls, teachers and parents.



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*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.

2019年1月27日日曜日

【Educational Environment】Special Project: Ashinaga Uganda collaboration with SORAK

At this time, we will report about the special project which was implemented with Ashinaga Uganda in Nov 2018.
Ashinaga arranging the materials used in making reusable pads 


Ashinaga Uganda is an International organization based in Japan with offices in Uganda provides higher (university) education to orphans who have excelled academically but lack funds to complete their university level of education.

SORAK in partnership with Ashinaga conducted school based awareness raising among 32 schools (28 primary schools and 4 secondary schools) on the value of education and MHM with emphasis in making reusable sanitary pads. This collaboration from Ashinaga brought young leaders from 33 different African countries to provide motivational speeches for the rural vulnerable pupils of Mubende district under the Ashinaga’s program of “Community betterment”.

Practical session of reusable sanitary pad making 

Ashinaga requesting pupils to study hard to have a better future
Ashinaga team taking a group photo with pupils


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【Educational Environment】Interactive radio talk shows& air spot messages

This is the second phase of the project on ‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda’ supported by funds from the Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan, Co., Ltd.



At this time, we will report about Activity3-3&3-4Conduct interactive radio talk shows& air spot messages to promote MHM via the use of reusable sanitary pads made by SORAK’ conducted in Oct -Dec 2018.

The objective of the participatory and interactive radio talk show& spot messages is to raise awareness on reusable sanitary pads ‘Happy Pad’ made by SORAK and sensitize the community on proper MHM management and also parents’ roles and responsibilities in promoting MHM among their in-school adolescent girls.

 The radio program moderator 
and SORAK programmes manager and Director

The many telephone calls received from the listener

Spot messages production at Heart FM room

Contents of Radio talk show
      Brief introduction about the project
      Challenges adolescent girls in-school face during their menstruation
      What SORAK with its partners had done so far to address the issue.
      SORAK made reusable sanitary pads and where to find them

Radio Spot message (CM) was for advertising SORAK’s produced reusable sanitary pad ‘Happy Pad’ with ‘Happy Pad’ song made by SORAK
Outcome
· The radio talk shows reached the project targeted population plus reaching far wider geographical areas.
· The 5 Spot messages per day playing on Heart FM informed the communities of the SORAK made reusable sanitary pads and SORAK received many orders for ‘Happy Pad’
·    Listeners were informed of their roles and responsibilities in promoting MHM among their adolescent in-school girls.
·  Received questions from callers and a feedback was given to the listeners included; opening branches in different district, becoming sales agents (Sales agents are representatives who sale commodities or products on behalf of a company or an organization) of SORAK made sanitary pads, and where to find them.


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*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.

2019年1月13日日曜日

【Educational Environment】Facilitating Sex Education session by MHM peer club

This is the second phase of the project on ‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda’ supported by funds from the Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan, Co., Ltd.

A club member explaining on sex education to fellow pupils

At this time, we will report about Activity 2-2-3 ‘Facilitating Sex Education session by MHM peer club’ conducted in November 2018.

Three MHM clubs (8girls&4boys) were formed from 3 target schools. The purpose of these clubs was to spearhead Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM), gender awareness and sex education by reaching out to fellow students through the child-child approach. Last time, The MHM clubs conducted MHM session (one session in each of the three schools) toward their school pupils. This time, they conducted Sex Education session, and the club members informed their peers on physical changes between boys and girls, as well as helped to built their capacities, especially for girls, to defend themselves from issues of sexual exploitation and harassment


Sex education session going on by the club

Sex education training by the club

Pupils responding questions raised above

Pupils participating the session  conducted by the club


TOPICs
      Understanding reproductive health and sexuality issues
      Understanding puberty
      Early sexual intercourse and dangers associated with it
      Examples of cunning words that boys and sugar daddies use
      Forms of sexual violence
      Where to report sex abuse and harassment
      Value of education


OUTCOMEs
Ø  Pupils understood the body changes such as physical growth that occur in both boys and girls.
Ø  Pupils knew some of danger for a person being exposed in early sexual intercourse including death, unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), dropping out of school etc.
Ø  Pupils were informed on some of major forms of sexual harassments that mostly occur include; molestation, rape, defilement, early and forced marriages etc.
Ø  Pupils are able to report some sexual violence to relevant responsible authorities. They can now mention places where they repot sexual abuse and to whom they report including police, leaders including political, religious, technical and other opinion leaders, schools, elders, relatives among others.
Ø  Pupils understood the value of education and the purpose of staying in school. 


Lastly, through this activity, we believe the long-term impact will be the decrease in school dropout. 


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*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.