Women's Global Education Project

Women's Global Education Project was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education, regardless of gender or economic status. We believe that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and develop training program that empower women and girls, particularly those in developing nations, to build better lives and foster equitable communities.
Oct 16, 2012

WGEP scholars succeed academically

Congratulations to our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal scholars on their recent academic achievements!
  • 98% of our elementary school scholars passed into the next grade, with 78% placing at the top of their class
  • 92% of our middle school scholars passed into the next grade, with 64% placing at the top of their class
  • 79% of our high school scholars taking the national BAC graduation exam passed, compared to the national average of 38%
Additionally, WGEP Senegal found that the overall number of girls enrolling in high school increased in the region where we work:
  • Female student enrollment was 48% of all students in 2011, up from 33% in 2007
  • The number of girls who successfully passed into high school was 63% in 2011, up from 36% in 2007
WGEP is also pleased to announce that community radio station "Radio Niombato 91.1 FM," based in the Fatick region of Senegal where we work, has recently been broadcasting our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal program activities. Radio Niombato is widely listened to in Fatick, which means our message is reaching more and more people in the surrounding Faitick villages.

Thank you for supporting this important work!

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Oct 16, 2012

WGEP Kenya Peer Educators

 

WGEP Kenya has recruited 15 Peer Educators--self-driven young men passionate about securing the rights of their sisters, mothers and friends--to help increase support for girls' education in their communities.
 
These Peer Educators work to raise awareness among their peers, family and neighbors by speaking in schools, youth groups and community meetings. They have also been going door-to-door in the Tharaka region, finding that people are often willing to listen to them because of their gender and their favored status in the community.
 
This past month, the Peer Educators reported finding female genital mutilation (FGM) going on underground in the Northern Tharaka region, with circumcisions being performed at night, and they have pledged to help combat the practice. They have also found that overall, FGM has been reduced by 70% in Tharaka over the previous years, due in large part to the work done by our project.
Thank you for supporting this important work!

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Aug 1, 2012

"Girls have equal rights"-WGEP survey boys & girls

100 percent of the children recently surveyed at our WGEP Kenya Boys and Girls Clubs believe that girls should have the chance to go to school, the same as boys.

The survey asked 46 middle school club members about their attitudes towards girls, education, genital cutting, and empowerment. The results show that our programs are making a real difference: 78% of the girls said they did not want to undergo genital cutting; 60% of the boys said they did not support genital cutting for their sisters; and 100% of both the girls and the boys said girls should be able to go to school.

 
The survey also showed how much our programs are needed in the community: 60% of the children come from subsistence-farming families, and 80% cited lack of funds for food, shelter and school fees as the biggest problem their family faced. Thank you for your support of our WGEP project in Kenya!

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