In the UK, I Can Be works with disadvantaged children who have few opportunities to see a variety of jobs and few experiences outside their own neighbourhood.
ICB Overseas is a new project that will give the same opportunities to children with limited horizons in other cities around the world.
The first ICB Overseas project took place in Tunis, in Tunisia, in March 2019.
Over one week, a group of seven- to nine-year-old girls met went on 10 visits to meet women in their workplaces.
10 girls took part in the programme, all of whom lived in Cité Ettadhamen, a densely populated area of Tunis that has recently experienced rising levels of crime and religious fundamentalism. Five local women were trained to be I Can Be Tunisia Ambassadors, leading and delivering the week’s programme for our first cohort in Tunis.
10 volunteers from different industries volunteered to be quizzed by the girls about their careers.
Over the week, girls met a jewellery designer, a government Minister, an interior designer, a lawyer, an NGO worker, a banker, a hotel owner, a psychologist, a scientist and a digital marketing professional.
The children visited parts of the city they had never been to before and learned about jobs they would never otherwise have encountered, building their curiosity and broadening their horizons.
At the end of the programme, the children were awarded with certificates to show that they took part at a ceremony at the Regional Commissariat for Women and Children.
Our I Can Be Ambassadors, volunteers and TAMMS partners were invited to a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence, to thank them for their hard work and to celebrate the first I Can Be programme in Tunis.
British Ambassador to Tunisia, Louise de Sousa, presented the I Can Be Ambassadors with certificates and spoke about the importance of exposing young girls to the career opportunities around them.
The I Can Be Ambassadors trained in Tunis this year will run the next project in the city independently, with ICB Overseas providing any support needed.
By training local women to deliver the project, ICB Overseas enables them to make a difference to the lives of girls in their own cities and communities, as well as giving girls the chance to learn from relatable role models.
I Can Be Ambassadors also benefited from free English language tuition lessons from a qualified TEFL teacher during the training.
To find out more about working with ICB Overseas in your city, please email Project Director Lamorna Byford at email@example.com.