Girls Education International

The mission of Girls Education International is to expand and support educational opportunities for underserved females in remote and developing regions of the world. We work with existing non-governmental and nonprofit organizations in the regions we serve. These local organizations already have relationships and infrastructures in the rural communities where we work that allow us to build upon and maximize existing resources.
Jun 8, 2016

Liberian Project Comes to an End

Girls Ed has been honored to support educational opportunities for girls in Liberia for over six years. Much of that time has been spent in association with our in-country partner Liberia Now, a US-based non-profit with educational projects in Monrovia, Liberia's capital.

At the same time, we have taken on new girls education projects in western Tanzania while maintaining our project in Pakistan. As a small non-profit, GEI only has so many resources, and we must decide where they would be best spent. While we are devoted to the girls in Liberia, we are also confident that Liberia Now will be able to provide the funding and guidance they need. We wish both the organization and the girls the best, and look forward to hearing about their continued successes.

Thank you to all our donors who have provided so much support to the Liberia project! Please consider transferring your donations to our Tanzania or Pakistan girls, who need educational opportunities as much as the girls in Liberia. For more information about our projects, please visit us at www.girlsed.org or www.facebook.com/GirlsEd. Thank you!

Apr 26, 2016

The Fundraising for STEM Labs Continues

Dear Friends of Project Wezesha & Girls Education International,

Investing in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) fields is a top priority for leaders of African nations. The current reality is that African nations: 1) do not have enough students pursuing education in STEM dicsiplines; 2) do not invest enough into STEM research; and yet, 3) are dependent on the development of STEM fields for economic growth and the ability to compete in an increasingly technological global society.

An article on the impact of STEM education on young learners cites several key reasons to invest in STEM education. Here are a few excerpts fro their list:

• It prepares kids for the technological innovations they will undoubtedly experience in their lifetime. In the past 60 years, technology has changed the way we function as a society, from the invention of the Internet (1960), GPS technologies (1978), to DNA fingerprinting (1984), and of course, the iPod (2001). It’s difficult to step back and consider our current world without these advancements, which makes the STEM-based inventions of the future equally, if not more, exciting and filled with promise.

• It teaches problem-solving skills. “STEM helps kids analyze a problem,” says Dennis Chan, founder and director of RoboMindTech in Queens.

• It instills creativity. “It’s important to realize that creativity can co-exist with science and technology,” Chan says. STEM skills also lead to creative careers, not just lab coats. Art and architecture are great examples, according to Chan, of the two scopes co-existing.

Let's just say, it's quite a priority around the world, and Tanzania is no excpetion. There are some great initiatives taking place in Tanzania, but many of them are centralized in the capital of Dar es Salaam or in larger cities, such as Arusha. Bringing STEM to the more remote regions broadens the base of knowledge for Tanzania as a country. For this reason, we don't trivialize the significance of adding a stem lab to village secondary schools. 

Our campaign to add laboratories to Amahoro Secondary School continues. Currently we are in the early stages - focusing on raising enough funds to get these labs up and running. We have some basic construction to complete before the fun stuff can be brought in for actual experimentation.

In the meantime, please share this project with friends and let others know that we are on a mission to 'grow' science knowledge in and around Mgaraganza Village! If you have any fun events coming up - birthdays, showers, weddings, etc. - consider using GlobalGiving's fundraising tool to direct gift contributions to this project. You can personalize a fundraiser and share the link with friends. And, if you're working in a STEM field and would like to connect with a student as a mentor or help us provide specific equipment to the school, please do reach out!

We're looking forward to  sharing more updates in the future, but for now - hang with us as we continue to raise capital and bring these labs to reality!

Cheers,

Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-founders, Project Wezesha

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Apr 13, 2016

Spring 2016 Report

GEI Girls Christmas Party
GEI Girls Christmas Party

Looking back to 2015, the GEI girls enjoyed a Christmas party thrown by Liberia Now, our in-country partner. The December festivities marked not only the holiday, but the end of the first semester of the 2015-16 school year. The girls received gift bags to express our appreciation for all their hard work. 

The second semester of the school year began in February, and all of our girls are in good academic standing at their respective schools. As graduation time approaches, five of our girls will be receiving their diplomas thanks to their hard work and your financial support. Graduates and donors alike should take a bow!

You may remember Veronica, who graduated from secondary school with the help of Girls Ed supporters in 2012, who is finishing up her second year at Smythe College in Monrovia. She still plans to become a nurse and wishes "God's blessing to all the GEI staff and supporters." Veronica knows how unusual her scholarship is and studies hard so sponsors might know how much she appreciates this opportunity to better her life, her community and her country.

Veronica
Veronica
 
   

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