- Before running this session, explore what the process is in your local community to register for a birth certificate if you do not have one. Your local government should be able to help you with this information.
- Birth registration campaigns run by NGOs, such as Plan International, can provide free support to parents who want to register their children for birth certificate. Find out if a campaign is running in your area.
- Understand what needs to be done to obtain other documents (copies of marriage certificates, identity documents).
- Copy of a Goal Completion Certificate
- Copy of Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Identity Documents (if available)
- To be aware of the important documents that are necessary to access critical resources in the communities.
- Start by showing the group the Goal completion certificate. Explain that they receive this when they complete the Goal programme.
- Ask them if they think it is important to have a certificate that shows they have completed the programme.
- Why is it important? Who will they show it to?
- Explain to the girls that there are many important pieces of paper in their lives. Ask them if they can name them. Some examples include:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Photo identification
- School-leaving certificate
- Any other documents that are relevant
- Explain why each document is important. Use Handout 28 ‘Birth Certificates – Papers for Life’ to learn why a birth certificate in particular is important.
- Share with the girls how they can gain access to these documents. Tell them they should keep copies in a safe place. Explain what they can do if they lose a document.