Partner of the Week: Stepping Stones International – Botswana

Stepping Stones International (SSI) is opening doors for vulnerable young people in Botswana through our programme Aflateen. The organisation has implemented the curriculum in more than 22 schools empowering more than 2500 boys and girls.

SSI was founded in Botswana in 2005 to unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable young people aged from 12 to 25 years old. The organisation focuses on holistic development, enriching families and activating sustainable opportunities for young people to become independent.

The organisation achieves this through four programme pillars. The first pillar focuses on empowering out of-of-school young people with leadership skills through financial literacy and entrepreneurship attitudes. It also focuses on equipping in-school young people with valuable life skills and knowledge, such as study skills, sexual and reproductive health knowledge and decision-making abilities. The organisation also provides psychosocial support and advocates for gender equality and protection of children’s rights in local communities.

SSI has been has been using the Aflateen methodology in life skills classes and vulnerable girl’s safe spaces in 22 schools in Botswana, reaching a total of 2500 boys and girls. Through 15 schools, they also invite the most vulnerable to participate in Naledi Clubs (Shining Start Clubs) which focus on economic empowerment and building social assets. Almost 300 students have joined this club in the past three months.