The average education period for girls is 4.9 years in Turkey. CYDD will be supporting 250 economically disadvantaged girls in 7th grade for 6 years to continue their education until graduation from high school thus contribute to gender equality.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
98% of the girls in Turkey are enrolled in school but continue education only for 4.9 years. Enrollment of girls in high school drops to 66%. Only 15.6% of girls with illiterate parents attend high school. 18% of girls under age 18 are married and 9.7% of women aged 18 are mothers. Due to poverty, low education, too many siblings and local customs, girls cannot continue their education. They need economic support to continue their education, have a job and seek a dignified life for themselves.
How will this project solve this problem?
CYDD has been contributing to gender equality in education in Turkey by giving scholarships to over 54,000 girls during the past 15 years. 15% of these girls have continued on to university. This project will be a continuation of this goal.
Potential Long Term Impact
The scholarship is an economic assistance for the girls to continue education, have a better chance to find a job, and take their place as an individual in the community. The project contributes for equal opportunity in education and life.
Total Funding Received to Date: $162,653
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $317,347
Total Funding Goal: $480,000