This project supports girls in Sierra Leone who are at risk of dropping out of school by providing scholarships and books / school supplies. The project also provides vocational training and business development opportunities. Traditionally, girls have been offered less educational opportunities than boys. Where family funds are limited, preference has been given to boys. This project is helping to level the playing field by promoting and supporting the education of girls.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
According to UNICEF 2016 statistics, among youth 15-24 yrs in Sierra Leone, from 2009-2014, the literacy rate for males is 73% and that of girls is 56%. Early marriage hinders these girls' abilities to pursue an education and gain independence. Shortages of facilities, supplies, and quality instructors have made it virtually impossible for all children to enroll in school, and a preference for boys' education remains dominant.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project provides scholarships for girls to ensure their continued education. Girls are encouraged to continue their education and financial support is provided to make this a reality. Families are encouraged to support the education of girls. The project also explores the factors that contribute to adolescent girls' economic empowerment and examine three main approaches - financial, employment, and life-skills and social support strategies.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will enable girls to break out of the vicious cycle that entraps unskilled and resource-poor girls. At-risk girls will become emancipated women when given the chance to be well-educated, and develop into useful citizens who are gainfully employed and self-sufficient. The project will explore the factors that contribute to adolescent girls' economic empowerment and examine among others, the main approaches of financial, employment, and life-skills and social support strategies.
Total Funding Received to Date: £21,671
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £10,480
Total Funding Goal: £32,151