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.
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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Aug 1, 2012

WGEP visits Senegal program

Scholars from WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal
Scholars from WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal

"We are solving a full range of challenges, beyond just funding scholarships and supplies--we are helping to change the culture to value girls' education."
 
This is what WGEP Board Member April Donnellan says about our work in Senegal after recently visiting the WGEP Sisters-to-School program there with her 11-year-old daughter. While there, they went to numerous schools and programs, visited scholars and their families at home, took part in an adult literacy class, joined a community meeting, and attended an education conference.

"It was very special to be there with my daughter, as she was able to meet girls her age and learn about their daily lives," April says. "Our WGEP program--with its mulch-tiered emphasis on family and community support--is really making a difference for these girls. We met several families whose daughters would clearly not be able to attend school were it not for our program. Teachers and tutors say our scholars learn faster than other students, participate more in class, and have confidence in themselves and their abilities.

"In many schools in our region, we are seeing more and more girls in school, and in some cases even outnumber the boys. This is reverse of long-standing traditions of devaluing education for girls. Seeing our Senegal programs at work really inspired me!"

 

WGEP Senegal is a "Give Knowledge" finalist in the 2012 GlobalGiving Photo Contest! You can help us by casting your vote here--http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/photo-contest-2012/ -- between now and noon EDT on August 15. The organization with the most votes wins $1,000 from GlobalGiving, with the winning photo displayed on the GlobalGiving homepage for a full day. Thanks for your support!

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May 24, 2012

WGEP visits Kenya program

Women's Global Education Project recently visited our Kenya project in rural Tharaka, and returned with a renewed belief in the power of education to change lives!

"The trip was exciting, fun, hot, exhausting, exhilarating, inspiring, and humbling," says WGEP Executive Director Amy Maglio. "More than anything, it reinforced for us the impact--and great need--for our project and for what we are doing in the Tharaka region of Kenya."
 
Amy visited Tharaka last February with WGEP Board President Joan Sherman and WGEP Intern (and current Kenya Peace Corps Volunteer) Hayley Webster.
 
Amy reports on some of the highlights of the trip:
  • 10 days in Tharaka, Kenya. "We met with our amazing staff, Aniceta and Rael, went to classes with our scholars, participated in after-school tutoring, joined Boys and Girls Molding Club sessions, sat with scholar moms in their adult literacy class, spoke at community meetings--basically talked to everyone we could about girls and education!"
  • Saw the difference that education can make in the lives of girls in Kenya and their families. "We heard directly from our scholars' families about how our programs help them overcome the challenges they face in educating their girls. We also saw how the lack of access to education can severely limit opportunities--and therefore just how important our work is in this region."
  • Witnessed the impact of our work on the broader community. "There is more support for women and girls in the villages where we work. More families are sending their girls to school, there are more women in leadership roles, and it is slowly becoming the norm for girls and their families to refuse genital cutting!" 
  • Saw the effects of the East Africa drought and famine. "Rains finally came in January, which helped alleviate the immediate problems in Tharaka--hopefully they will keep coming. Many thanks to everyone who helped us send food aid over to our scholars and families--it really helped them over the hump until the rains came."
  • Getting to know our amazing scholars and graduates. "Our scholars and grads are truly inspiring! Many of them have overcome huge challenges and barriers to go to school and succeed academically. WGEP is proud to be helping them achieve their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, midwives, lawyers, engineers, pilots, and someday, perhaps even president of Kenya!"

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