Across the region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school, compared to 6 million boys, according to UIS data. By the time they become adolescents, the exclusion rate for girls is 36% compared to 32% for boys. (UNESCO, 2021). Girls' education is a major priority. This project will help by providing resources for girls to get their education including books & school supplies, mentoring, computer training, food, COVID-19 support, and transportation.
Girls are still more likely than boys to never set foot in a classroom, despite the tremendous progress made over the past 20 years. A preference for boys' education remains dominant in many circles. This places girls at a huge, crippling disadvantage, and COVID-19 has made it even more challenging. Without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to a still-growing school-age population. (UNESCO, 2021)
This project helps close the gender gap by helping more girls go to school and complete their education. This is done through school support including books and school supplies as well as fees, uniforms, food support, transportation, masks, and other COVID-19 support. The Girls' mentoring sessions ensure that the girls have the life skills and mindset needed for success. Computer training, vocational, and business opportunities ensure progress towards self-sufficiency.
This project helps girls break out of the vicious cycle of poverty that entraps unskilled and resource-poor girls. At-risk girls are maturing into well-educated, emancipated, gainfully employed, and self-sufficient women. These empowered women are the pillars of their families, communities, and the nation. When the home's mother is educated, the health, well-being, and success of the entire family are propelled forward and transformed. Educated girls educate the entire nation.