Every day, women and girls around the world are denied an education because of their gender. Without an education, girls are more vulnerable to poverty, abuse, child marriage, exploitation, HIV, and countless other dangers. Going to (and staying in) school helps girls gain the knowledge and confidence to protect their health and plan their futures.
Girls are left behind
We know that ensuring a basic, quality education for girls is the best hope for long-term sustainable development. UNICEF has estimated 60 million children of primary school age will be out of school in 2030, and more than half of them will be girls.
Barikisu was one of these girls. Growing up in Nanumba, Ghana, she was forced to drop out of school because her parents could not afford the fees. So at an age when most children are learning to read, Barikisu was walking 5 kilometers to fetch water for her family, and performing back-breaking labor at a farm to earn money for her parents.
Poor girls like Barikisu are the most disadvantaged and the most likely to never enter a classroom. In several countries in South and West Asia, UNESCO reports 80% of out-of-school girls are unlikely to ever start school, compared to 16% of boys.
Education builds up girls
Just one year of secondary education increases girls’ wages by 25% later in life. They’re healthier, too. Educated girls are 6 times more likely to postpone marriage. Educating girls creates a domino effect. Girls who grow up to be mothers are twice as likely to send their daughters to school.
When she was 13, Barikisu returned to school instead of getting married, a possibility for her because of a scholarship she received from World Education. She was also paired with a mentor who helped her study and encouraged her to pursue her goal of becoming a teacher. The program taught Barikisu life skills ranging from HIV-prevention to community participation and leadership. With World Education’s help, Barikisu completed primary and secondary school and enrolled in a teacher-training college.
Education helps girls gain the knowledge and confidence needed to protect their health and plan their future. Today, 10 years after she was first introduced to World Education, Barikisu is a primary school teacher and a role model to her students.
World Education has a long history of successfully working with local organizations and governments around the world to design, manage, and evaluate community-based initiatives to advance the conditions of girls and women. In addition to scholarship and mentorship opportunities like those provided to Barikisu, World Education’s programs help girls
- Enroll and stay in school,
- Learn to read,
- Keep girls safe from violence, trafficking, and the risks of migration,
- Learn new skills, like information communication technology, that gives them an edge in the workplace, and
- Support women to gain access to or create new educational, financial, and social resources in their communities.
These link to a sampling of programs, but World Education does so much more.
Join us to build up girls!
Since its founding in 1951, World Education has worked in more than 60 countries to improve education opportunities for girls and women. Today our fight to support women and girls continues, and we need your help.
Now is the time to take action. Consider making a donation to support girls’ education today.
You can change a girl’s life.