The Quezon City government and the Schools Divisions Office of Quezon City have entered into an agreement with Girl Rising, a United States-based non-profit organization, for the implementation of a program that aims to empower girls to spark positive change in their communities.

Girl Rising has started the Explore More Program as part of its advocacy to inspire girls and help address prevalent stereotypes, disparities, and norms.

The advocacy uses creative, multimedia toolkits that encourage participants to use their voices and initiate positive social action.

“We forged this agreement with Girl Rising because I share their advocacy to empower our young people, especially girls, and rally them to become more productive citizens,” said Belmonte.

School Superintendent Jenilyn Rose Corpuz echoed Belmonte’s pronouncement, saying the program would help young people to be more aware of their potentials and opportunities.

The Explore More Program includes a robust curriculum to introduce role models designed to capacitate girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 15 with the skillsets they need to pursue their interests and passions and to aspire to a future full of possibilities.

It also includes a detailed, easy-to-use Facilitator’s Guide and videos that inspire the exploration of one’s dreams and aspirations, themes of self-efficacy, participation in decision-making, positive attitudes towards gender equality, confidence, and dreaming big.

During School Year 2020-2021, Girl Rising conducted a virtual training of facilitators for the Explore More Program participated in by 55 Grade 10 teachers from Quezon City Public Schools.

“I have gained a new understanding and enjoy the sessions. Learning and knowing the different stories [of girls] will help inspire and encourage every person to change the world,” a participant shared.

As of July 2021, a total of 838 students from five public schools in Quezon City participated in the program.