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.
Oct 16, 2012

WGEP Kenya Peer Educators

 

WGEP Kenya has recruited 15 Peer Educators--self-driven young men passionate about securing the rights of their sisters, mothers and friends--to help increase support for girls' education in their communities.
 
These Peer Educators work to raise awareness among their peers, family and neighbors by speaking in schools, youth groups and community meetings. They have also been going door-to-door in the Tharaka region, finding that people are often willing to listen to them because of their gender and their favored status in the community.
 
This past month, the Peer Educators reported finding female genital mutilation (FGM) going on underground in the Northern Tharaka region, with circumcisions being performed at night, and they have pledged to help combat the practice. They have also found that overall, FGM has been reduced by 70% in Tharaka over the previous years, due in large part to the work done by our project.
Thank you for supporting this important work!

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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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