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The purpose of Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) is to encourage and empower young women to become active citizens by building their self-esteem and confidence. Increasing their self-awareness, and developing their skills in goal setting, assertiveness, and career and life planning. Camp GLOW Thailand provides three female youth, and one adult counterpart from at least 10 different communities around Thailand, with an exciting opportunity to develop team-building, leadership and self-esteem skills. In Thailand, girls’ issues include a lack of self-confidence, lack of leadership opportunities, and a focus on beauty and skin color.
Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts will lead sessions on gender equality, leadership, and volunteerism. This year, the focus of the camp is on building a strong curriculum that can be easily replicated in camps throughout the country. The participants will take back all the materials and plan to replicate them in their communities through shorter 1-3 day camps or after-school clubs.
The Let Girls Learn Initiative
As part of the U.S. government’s commitment to Let Girls Learn, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps have formed a powerful collaboration to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10% of teenage girls complete secondary school.
This program will address that challenge by empowering local leaders to put lasting solutions in place. Peace Corps Volunteers who live and work at the grassroots level will serve as catalysts of community-led change, and every American can get involved and make a difference.
This GLOW project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Thailand as part of the Let Girls Learn Program.
The Three Pillars
Pillar One: Empowering Leaders
The initiative will increase gender awareness by delivering targeted trainings which will aim to reach thousands of Volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders over the next six years to be champions of girls’ education.
Pillar Two: Working Hand in Hand with Communities
Thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers work side by side with local leaders to achieve community-based solutions through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. From a school library to a technology camp for girls, under Let Girls Learn, Peace Corps Volunteers working on gender-related projects can now apply for support through a newly established girls’ education fund.
Pillar Three: Increasing the Impact of Peace Corps Volunteers
A major component of the initiative will support Peace Corps Volunteers working to break down the barriers to girls’ education in the communities they serve. Under Let Girls Learn, the Peace Corps will expand the number of Volunteers focused on advancing girls’ education and empowerment.
Browse the links below to find out more about how we’re all working together to Let Girls Learn.