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 6, 2013

Growing Support for Girls' Education in Senegal

Community members discuss girls
Community members discuss girls' education.

With your help, Women’s Global Education Project is able to get out into rural communities and influence local perception pertaining to girls’ education, which is a vital component to achieving gender equality and advancing opportunities for girls. Reports show that between December 2013 and March 2013, our community education talks and seminars reached approximately 1800 people in Senegal. Sixty community talks and seminars were organized in 30 different locations. We’re thrilled with the level of outreach achieved as of March, and we’re confident we’ll see continued success in forthcoming reports detailing the remainder of this year!

Outreach event themes are centered around the importance of girls education, and discussions have pertained to keeping girls in school; relief for domestic and agricultural work; early marriage and pregnancy; violence against women; the importance of civil status and identification papers for children; and the issue of recurrent strikes within the Senegalese education system. Key people present for these conversations have included the presidents of the rural communities of Djilor and Toubacouta; the presidents of the associations of parents of students; the heads of the villages; the imams of the villages visited; the presidents of the Collectives of School Directors; school principals; the chairman of the Departmental Committee for the Promotion of Teachers of Education of Girls; those responsible for gender evaluation in schools; teachers; village health workers; and more.

The outreach meetings conclude with testimonies of satisfaction from the girls, parents, tutors and mentors. Meeting facilitators also report increased engagement of girls and their parents as a result of community talks and seminars. We are very pleased with the progress of these outreach efforts in shaping attitudes toward girls’ education, and we are so grateful for your continued support, which helps make all of this possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

Sep 6, 2013

Equipping Our Kenyan Scholars for Success

One of our Kenyan Scholars
One of our Kenyan Scholars

This month, we’re excited to report on the commitment of our sponsorship program in Kenya in helping girls to confront challenges and make good decisions. Thanks to your partnership, our scholars are gaining the knowledge and tools they need to navigate an environment unsupportive of girls and education through regular support group meetings.

In January, 137 of our primary and secondary scholars participated in a meeting for sponsored girls, and at a follow-up meeting in April, attendance numbers grew to 150. Meeting facilitators guided the girls through talks on issues related both to school and their personal lives. Topics of discussion included gender roles; personal hygeine and appearance; reproductive health and the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation; time management; good behavior, moral growth and self esteem; personal assertiveness; setting goals and achieving them; safety, and avoiding dangerous situations/bad company; prioritizing education over romantic relationships while they are young; and looking out for each other.

In the meetings, scholars also discussed their favorite subjects, as well as the importance of taking sponsorship seriously and working hard in school. The girls expressed their gratitude for their educational opportunities and vowed to continue to work hard in order to achieve success and a brighter future for themselves.

We are so happy with the growth and progress of our scholars in Kenya, and we sincerely thank you for your support in helping these girls reach their potential. Together, we’re having a real and lasting impact on girls’ futures!

Jun 17, 2013

Making a personal difference: Meet our scholars

WGEP ED Amy, scholar Safora, and board member Lily
WGEP ED Amy, scholar Safora, and board member Lily

Thank you for your continued support of Women's Global Education Project! Your support helps us provide scholarships and support to girls in rural Senegal who would otherwise not have the chance to go to school--girls like Safora, whose inspiring story tells us that our work is making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!

MEET WGEP SENEGAL SCHOLAR SAFORA

WGEP Senegal scholar Safora has always been a trailblazer. Nearly 10 years ago, she became the first in her family of 12 children to go to school when she joined our Sisters-to-School program. She is a dedicated student who does well in school and earns top grades, and the program provides her with the support she needs to do her best in school. “I want to make a better life for myself and my family,” she says. 

Not only did Safora complete primary school, but she is now--against all the odds stacked against girls in rural villages like hers--about to complete middle school and enter high school.

Safora personally knows the power that education has to change lives, and she wants to make sure other girls in her village have the same chance she has. In addition to her school work, she is now tutoring a WGEP primary school scholar.

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