The week long training held at the Makundus Secondary School was organised by the Singita Grumeti Fund. Apart from the girls, the training also included some women selected from various villages across the district.
The Fund's community welfare manager, Frida Mollel said they had decided to involve secondary school girls in the campaign against FGM since most of them had their dreams.
She noted that this December, the fund will team up with several other organisations from within and outside the country to conduct anti-FGM campaign. She said December is the month when most of the underage girls are mobilised for the ‘illegal cut’.
“We are teaming up here with other global partners to express our concerns and to show solidarity with the vulnerable girls. We want to inspire them to realise their future dreams of becoming valuable members of community and be able to utilise their potentials for development of the nation,” she said.
Mollel said that although FGM is illegal and had been declared one of the universal human rights violations, some communities of Mara and other surrounding regions such as Manyara and Singida still practice it.
She said that girls were also trained on environmental conservation specifically on matters relating to water catchment areas protection, wildlife protection as well as basic risk management techniques.
Singita Grumeti, situated adjacent to the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA), is an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, the home of the great migration and through the Singita Grumeti Fund, generates funds to ensure the long-term sustainability of the reserve through conservation and community partnerships.
Mara RC Adam Malima has made it clear recently that the authorities in the region will take stern measures against any individuals and local government leaders who will go against the fight of FGM in the region.
He has also ordered all village executive officers as well as ward education officials in the region to submit list of names of all under aged girls not attending school and explaining as to why they had dropped out of school.