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“Being a girls’ ambassador boosts my confidence”

Plan International Ethiopia is using its expertise to ensure that girls fulfil their full potential in education. Our Girls Empowerment through Education project encourages girls to become ambassadors in their schools.

Selamawit, 16, Girl ambassador for Plan International Ethiopia Girls Empowerment Through Education (GETE) project

“As a girls’ ambassador in my school, I have enjoyed taking part in different big events,” says Selamawit, 16. “My participation in all activities has boosted my confidence and I’m trying my best to promote girls’ issue at different occasions.”

Selamawit has been serving as a girls’ ambassador for over a year after becoming involved with Plan International’s scheme. We aim to promote leadership in girls’ related issues by girls’ themselves by giving them the opportunity to participate in school, project and community activities that concern them.

“I took training on life skills, public speaking, violence prevention, safe school environment, and gender, among others,” Selamawit explains. “Especially, I’ve enjoyed the life skills training, as it helps me to be self-confident.”

I want to be a cardiologist. I want to be very educated woman who can contribute to her community

She adds: “Being girls’ ambassador has also helped me to meet many people at different events. I was so lucky to partici­pate in the celebration of Day of the African Child in 2014, which took place at the African Union. The event was a big opportunity to meet girls from different countries, establish friendship and share ideas. During the event I was privileged to be on the stage with other girls to interview prominent people on girls’ issue. It was one of my happiest moments.”

In conclusion, Selamawit says: “I clearly understand that girls have equal potential to compete with boys at school. I can learn freely and achieve whatever I wish, and I promote this to other girls in the school as well.”

“I want to be a cardiologist. I want to be very educated woman who can contribute to her community.”