Ask participants to reflect on how many of their Board members / active members / members are from their capital city.
Ask participants to reflect on how many of their Board members are not from big towns or cities
Show them urbanisation statistics and compare their national realities
Barriers for SSUs
- Poor public transport - getting there and bringing participants
- Travelling is expensive and time-consuming. Students also need to attend school.
- If they are small schools, they might not even have student councils or they don’t send people to events.
- Sometimes we need a car to get there. Not everyone has a car or license!
- Rural areas are sometimes more conservative / church can have an influence (parents do not allow their children to go to our events)
- These schools can also decline SSUs visiting or are not very welcoming.
Barriers for PArticipants
- Bad public transport - expensive to go and takes a lot of time.
- Money - part time jobs not available to help sustain payment of transport.
- Buses for school students don’t run all the time.
- Some students need to work at home on farms etc.
- Barriers within the school - principals and teachers blocking opportunities for students. “You need a teacher to go with you” and we can’t afford this so you can’t go.
- Cultural barriers - going to the capital / another region
- In the capital there are benefits with student cards / discounts they can use. Not so useful in rural areas.