Girls Rule!September 22, 2014 5:27 pm
A couple of months ago, we decided to rededicate ourselves to creating responsible, dedicated, hard-working citizens. From this, the modern JBFC Girls Government was born with modest, yet impactful goals: to give all of the girls a way to more clearly articulate their views and opinions, to improve extra-curricular activities at JBFC, to give the girls a chance to influence their own lives and living conditions, and to provide leadership training to young women in a country in dire need of young, effective leaders.
There are essentially two branches of the JBFC Girls Government- the executive branch and the representative branch- both of which were elected democratically. The executive branch- Nyamalwa (President – pictured on left), Leka (Vice President), Julie (Treasurer), and Leticia (Secretary), was elected by all of the JBFC girls. The representative branch was created by each dorm selecting one girl as their leader (Liku- Dorm A, Eliza- Dorm B, Lau- Dorm C, Teddy- Dorm D, and Neema Mdogo- Dorm E). Our wonderful matrons, likewise, have a representative leader in Mama Maggie who attends all of our meetings. At the end of the year, when these girls’ terms are up, we will hold new elections to form a new government (some incumbents may be re-elected!).
–Permaculture. The girls have developed and implemented a new system to help produce their own food and diversify their food supply (rice, beans, and cabbage instead of just rice and beans!), to work together as a team, to reduce JBFC’s food budget (for savings and for use on other activities- hint, hint matron appreciation), and to learn about permaculture.
Currently under discussion: Matron Appreciation, a continuation of their reading program for once school opens next week, the creation of an official permaculture club to add to our current soccer and choir clubs, and ways to improve campus cleanliness.
Blogger Seth Diemond is JBFC’s Campus Director and the Girls’ Government Sponsor.
This post was written by Mainsprings