We would love to provide a small library for the upper school girls. Our school does not have a library and reading materials are scarce. We would love to have a collection of 200-400 books for our upper school girls in the program that they can read during school breaks or during the after school program.
73% of Liberian children are denied an education - over 80% of them are girls (UNESCO). A girl denied an education, is a girl on the street. It's a girl who's exploited and condemned to underemployment. The ripple of effect of this denial of her basic right is seen in the stagnation of her wages, her susceptibility to exploitation and disease, and even her children's future education.
This microproject will provide reading materials for our upper school girls. They have very limited access to reading materials and almost no access to books they can borrow and read. Having access to a library of books will help our girls in their journey to becoming literate and provide enrichment.
Educating one girl changes, well, everything. Here's why: When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families. When we invest in girls we all win.