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.
Sep 22, 2015

Higher Education Panel Inspires Scholars

Panelists, attendees, and staff
Panelists, attendees, and staff

Earlier this month, WGEP hosted its first ever “higher education panel,” a panel featuring five of Sokone’s finest female role models. Three of the five panelists were alumni of WGEP’s “Our Sisters to School” program (see photo below). The panelists displayed a range of professional and academic interests, including hotel manager, French teacher, and information technology student. The goal of the panel was to help guide and orient the 53 newly minted high school graduates of our “Sisters to School” program in terms of opportunities in higher education. The attendees enthusiastically soaked up the panelists’ pearls of wisdom.

As a result of the panel, 10 girls registered for university for the first time and 14 girls modified their online registration. In addition to offering a forum for registration – an uncommon opportunity for girls living in villages without electricity – the higher education panel allowed for the exchange of ideas and backgrounds between both the attendees and the panelists, an experience that one high school graduate declared as, “especially rich”. During the event, attendees, “Sisters to School” alumni panelists, and current Femmes Plus employees gave thanks and appreciation to Adji Senghor, Program Director of “Sisters to School”. Since the panel ended, Adji’s phone has been ringing continually, with the high school graduates calling to express their gratitude for what was an inspiring day for these young women as they continue their path towards autonomy.

Alumni panelists Rokhaya, Mariama and Maimouna
Alumni panelists Rokhaya, Mariama and Maimouna

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Sep 22, 2015

Girls & Boys Club Raises Money for Park Visit

Kamatumo Club students during their tour
Kamatumo Club students during their tour

Girls and Boys Molding Clubs are one of the many complementary interventions WGEP provides to keep students in school. These clubs provide an opportunity for boys and girls to learn about and discuss topics such as children’s right to education, development, parental care and protection against harmful practices and abuse.

Over 600 girls and boys from 9 different schools in the Tharaka region of Kenya participate in these clubs each year. Club members have recently undertaken new projects to raise funds for their clubs. Projects include rearing chickens and sheep and harvesting mung beans to generate income.

Using funds generated from their projects, Molding Club members from Kamatumo Primary School were able to visit the Alpajeta Animal Conservancy. They saw elephants, rhinos, giraffes, chimpanzees and many other wild animals. The children loved this trip so much that they are inspired to work even harder next year to raise enough money to visit Mombasa. They say they want to see the ocean!

Club members learn about animal morphology
Club members learn about animal morphology

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Jul 1, 2015

High school senior Kambe has big dreams for her future

Kambe in May 2015
Kambe in May 2015

Kambe has been a WGEP Sisters to School scholar for three years and is currently in her final year of high school in Sokone. She lives with one of her older sisters in Sokone so that she can attend high school there since her parents’ village where she grew up is too far from her school.

Kambe was surprised at what a huge difference the scholarship from WGEP has made in her life. Prior to receiving the scholarship, her family lived in very difficult conditions. They would go out into the fields after the millet harvest and collect whatever was left so they could sell it in the local market to have enough money to purchase school supplies. Kambe is the fourth of five children and only her and her youngest sister attend school. One of her older sisters went to Dakar to work as a domestic helper in order to make money to send home to her family. All of Kambe’s other siblings, except for the youngest, have married and dropped out of school.

Kambe’s mother is very supportive of her daughter’s education and herself takes adult literacy classes through Sisters to School in order to learn to read and support her daughter in school.

Kambe wants to continue her studies after she passes her final high school exam. Her favorite subjects are English and French. Her favorite activities include reading and helping to prepare tea for her family and guests. After years of toiling in the fields, Kambe would like to work in an office upon receiving her college degree.

 
   

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