Nov 21, 2018

WGEP's Girls' Leadership Program Has Kicked Off!

This year, WGEP is excited to partner with the U.S. Embassy in Senegal to create our third program, Our Sisters Lead! Emerging leaders among high school girls in Sokone will be empowered to become change agents in their own communities through a series of workshops and hands-on service projects. These inspiring young women will then become mentors and role models to young girls who face similar challenges in their everyday lives.

WGEP officially kicked off the program last month with a ceremony for the 207 excited participants in Sokone. Students, teachers, local officials from the Ministry of Education, municipal leaders and officials from the US Embassy were all invited to attend. The local radio station even broadcasted the event.

The girls are embracing their roles of change-makers already: they now refer to themselves by adding the term “leader” after their first name — Khady is now Khady-leader, and Mariama is now Mariama-leader!

Local education officials, the school principal and teachers are very supportive of the program and committed to ensuring its success. WGEP intends to use this year as a pilot with the goal of expanding to other high schools in the region!

Oct 11, 2018

Survey Says: WGEP Literacy Impact In Kenya

Students show off their library selections!
Students show off their library selections!

Since 2016, Our Sisters Read (OSR) has brought storybooks and literacy activities to primary students across Tharaka, Kenya. The goal of the program is to build foundational reading skills and create lifetime-learners among rural primary school students, especially girls. Rural girls make up the majority of those out of school, and rural women are the least likely to achieve literacy, leading to great disadvantages in financial independence and personal development (UNICEF, 2013). Tharaka District, where OSR operates, is one of the poorest districts in Kenya, with low secondary school completion rates, especially for girls, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

We are excited to say that thanks to the help of supporters like you, our mobile libraries and reading activities--which visited 21 schools last year--are expanding to 29 this school year!

By building reading skills, encouraging and motivating children in reading while working with families to build a supportive community, OSR increases student time spent reading both at school and at home, improves women’s literacy and overall well-being, encourages parents to value literacy and education, and helps create a sustainable culture of reading for years to come.

Here's some of our impact so far:

Students participating in reading activities in school every day:

2016: 15%

2018: 74%

Students reading at home for fun for over 30 minutes per day:

2016: 9%

2018: 51%

Parents who believe reading leads to a brighter future, employment, and

self-reliance:

2016: 23%

2018: 80%


Thank you so much for your generous support of our programs in Kenya. A movement begins one girl at a time!

Sep 11, 2018

So You've Graduated High School. Now What?

Women's Global Education Project strives to support our scholars every step of the way through school. We have worked to indentify key turning points where girls are most at risk of dropping out due to a lack of economic, social, or cultural support, and we intervene with locally developed services to help them thrive and stay in school.

So what happens when a WGEP scholar finishes high school? Well, we have an intervention for that, too.

Our Sisters to School Senegal program will soon be holding a panel on higher education for scholars who have recently graduated. 78 of our scholars will participate in this information session where they will hear from government officials, female professionals and local women leaders about options for higher education, vocational studies and receive general guidance on options for their future.

The government of Senegal has recently introduced a new online platform for high school graduates to apply to public universities. In Senegal, public universities are free for all students who qualify, and the government even pays for 1 year of private university. The government official participating in WGEP's upcoming panel will walk the girls through the process of registering on this platform, with our staff facilitating this process afterward with the young women.

Thanks to the holistic support they receive from our local staff in Senegal, our scholars once again performed much higher academically than most other students in the region this last school year. 61% of our scholars in their final year of high school passed the national exams. Although the regional passing rate in Fatick has not yet been announced for this year, in past years it has been around 34%. WGEP scholars frequently express how much tutoring, psychological counseling, and the other support they receive has helped them succeed on these high-pressure exams.

Thanks to supporters like you, together, we are showing girls that their futures are full of possibilities!

 
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