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.
May 31, 2016

From Setbacks to Straight A's

Sokone 4th & 5th graders studying
Sokone 4th & 5th graders studying

Although she had a late start to her education, Ndéye has successfully overcome this setback and become the best reader in her class! Here is a message from Ndéye: 

My name is Ndéye and I am 10 years old. I attend a primary school in Sokone where I am in the 4th grade. I became a WGEP program beneficiary in October 2014.

Before the programI was unable to enroll in school because my parents lacked the means to pay for my education. They had to wait for the peanut harvest each year, hoping to sell enough to be able to pay for my school registration fees. My mother never went to school, so she was unable to help me study at home. As a result, I had difficulties in school, especially with reading. Now, my mother participates in the Adult Literacy classes also offered by the program. With her new skills, she is able to help me study.

I can now read very well—I’m the best in my class and have an A average! Thank you very much for your support and for helping me in my studies.

Ndéye

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May 31, 2016

WGEP Partner on Her Greatest Challenges & Successe

Aniceta with recent WGEP graduate Caroline
Aniceta with recent WGEP graduate Caroline

WGEP Kenya Program Director Aniceta has been a tireless champion of girls' and women's rights for over 20 years. Please enjoy the following interview WGEP recorded during our recent trip to Kenya:

WGEP: In your 20+ years of advocacy work, what has been your greatest success?

Aniceta: My greatest success is to have helped in changing minds and attitudes. Before we began our work, harmful cultural practices that prevented girls from pursuing education were very prevalent. Since we have been working in Tharaka, we have seen a great reduction in rates of FGM/C (female genital cutting) in the region. This has resulted in more girls attending and graduating from school.

WGEP: What has been your greatest challenge? 

Aniceta: Our efforts have received a great amount of opposition from within different communities. The communities in which we work have very strong and deeply held traditions, so people are very reluctant to change and suspicious of those who hope to make change. At times the opposition has been so strong and demoralizing that I wanted to quit, but I just remind myself that I am doing this work for girls who cannot voice what they need. I am giving them a voice.

WGEP: How have you seen things change for women and girls?

Aniceta: Although there is much work still to be done, circumstances are better now for women and girls. More girls are in school and are performing well in school. There has also been a change in attitudes regarding girls' abilities and potential. Girls dream of becoming pilots, doctors and lawyers and they are supported because more people now understand that it is one's dedication and effort that determine their success, rather than their gender.

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Mar 1, 2016

Thank you for helping WGEP scholars like Amy

Amy outside her school
Amy outside her school

7-year-old Amy is one of the newest additions to our WGEP scholar family. Selected for a scholarship because of her family's lack of means, Amy has proven herself to be a very bright young person with a strong desire to learn. She has thrived in school and is a true inspiration to us all. Please enjoy this message from Amy:

My name is Amy and I am in first grade at a public school in Senegal. I used to have problems reading, so my teacher recommended me for tutoring through the 2015 remedial classes. I come from an illiterate family, so I had no one to help me read at home. The tutoring helped me to make up for this void. Now I read very well! Since the beginning of this year, I have been the best student in my class! My parents are very proud of me and happy with the program. Thank you for your generous support!

Thank you for supporting WGEP scholars like Amy!

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