Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

 
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Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal

Educate girls and fight poverty in Senegal
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Girls singing

Girls singing
Women's Global Education Project believes that educating girls in developing nations is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to fight global poverty. (view small | med | large | orig)

A WGEP top scholar

A WGEP top scholar
Even in a classroom full of boys with more resources, more years of formal schooling and less chores at home, WGEP scholar Christine Diouf regularly ranks at the top of her class. (view small | med | large | orig)

Women's Global scholar sits at front of class

Women's Global scholar sits at front of class
Girls are still in the minority in a typical class in Senegal. After a community participates in our community outreach programs, Women's Global has found a marked increase in the number of resident girls enrolled in school! (view small | med | large | orig)

Secondary School Scholars

Secondary School Scholars
Girls who receive an education increase their earning potential, show better health results throughout their lives, are better equipped to prevent serious illness like HIV/AIDS and malaria, are better able to protect themselves against violence, abuse and trafficking, are less likely to marry as teenagers and start a family too early, are less likely to die in childbirth, have fewer and healthier children, are more active in their communities, and are more likely to educate their own children. (view small | med | large | orig)

Chantal Mandioubane

Chantal Mandioubane
Women's Global scholar Chantal Mandioubane works hard in school. (view small | med | large | orig)

Khady Biyaye and parents

Khady Biyaye and parents
Women's Global scholar Khady Biyaye (middle, with her parents) is the first in her family to get an education. Neither of her parents went to school, and after watching their other children struggle to make a living without any schooling, they were happy that Khady was given this opportunity. Khady used to have to cross the river, some days in water up to her thights, and walk two miles along a dirt path to get to the nearest school. Thankfully, there is now a local school in her village. (view small | med | large | orig)

Seynabou Demba

Seynabou Demba
Congratulations to Seynabou Demba and all our Senegal scholars for passing their latest grade-level exams! All Women's Global Senegal scholars will be moving to the next grade this school year. Women's Global works to provide tutoring and mentoring support to these young trailblazers, as they are often the first girls in their families and communities to receive a formal education. (view small | med | large | orig)

Oumy Diouf

Oumy Diouf
Many barriers exist in rural Senegalese communities that keep girls from going to school. These include lack of family funds and resources for school fees and supplies, bias towards boys, over reliance on women and girls for household and farm labor, practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation, and the undervaluing of education for girls. Women's Global works to break down these barriers so that girls like scholar Oumy Diouf can have an opportunity to build a better future. (view small | med | large | orig)

"If your mother can read..."

"If your mother can read..."
Children of mothers who can read are 50% more likely to survive past age five. WGEP scholar gets the word out at a community event. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Amy Maglio

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Oak Park, Illinois United States

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