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Become a gem in your community

All around the world girls and guys who want to make their mark are joining the Girls and Boys Education Movement (GEM/BEM). Originally started in Uganda, with the goal of supporting girls to go to and stay in school, the movement has grown and young people dedicated to the promotion of children's rights are forming GEM/BEM clubs in their school and communities.

Since 2003 GEM/BEM has gone from strength to strength in South Africa, and there are hundreds of ‘gemmers and bemmers’ countrywide. Clubs are run by learners themselves with support from teachers, school principals, parents and the Department of Education. GEM/BEM is seen as a social movement of choice for young South Africans as they endeavour to address a myriad of challenges they face in their daily lives.

By starting or joining a club not only will you become the change you want to see, but you will also receive useful information and the opportunities to attend workshops; programmes organised for GEM/BEM members and access to bursaries, among others. And, if we really like what you and your club are about, we will feature you in the Movers Forum newsletter.

For more information about starting a club read this guide or contact the GEM/BEM Project Manager Eric Mlambo on

Also check out the Facebook group by searching for Girls’ and Boys’ Education Movement South Africa


I am my sister's & brother's keeper: Girls & Boys Education Movement Clubs - A guidebook for schools

This booklet is a result of a consultative process with learners, educators and parents to develop guidelines that will help learners to start a Girls and Boys Education Movement (G/BEM) club in their schools. The guidebook gives learners practical ideas on activities that can be implemented.

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Movers' Forum

Download the 2nd Edition (January to March 2011) of the Girls' and Boys' Education Movement newsletter.

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