The transition from child to adult can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. It can bring up issues of independence and self-identity and many children face tough choices regarding schoolwork, sexuality and their future.
Girls can face additional challenges such as being more likely to be unhappy with their appearance and lives leading to emotional and mental health problems.
Now I know more about myself. What I am and what I have is valuable
To overcome these issues, Plan International's 'Love Yourself' project, financed by partner organisation Cyzone, uses art therapy to encourage girls to express their emotions.
During the workshops, girls aged 15 to 18 use painting, music and drama to evaluate their lives, recognise their potential and identify ways to achieve their personal goals.
These workshops offer new creative outlets for the girls and allow them to experiment and express themselves in an accepting environment. The benefits have gone beyond the masks and paintings they have created, teaching the girls an invaluable lesson in how to love themselves.
The project has helped girls like Mary Cielo, 15. "I got to be myself when doing theatre," she says. "Now I know more about myself. What I am and what I have is valuable."
Find out what girls have to say about the workshops and their new-found confidence: