Two out of three of the 110 million children who do not attend school are girls, and girls grow up to make two thirds of the world's 875 million illiterate adults. UNESCO in a report titled "Education for All" identifies Sub-Saharan Africa as one of the regions that have the widest gender disparity in terms of education. In African schools boys woefully outnumber girls in attendance. This project will help ensure that Valisatu continues her schooling by providing her with a full scholarship.
Families with limited funds to educate their children focus on sending their boys to school, and many girls who start school drop out because their parents cannot afford to continue to pay for their education. Valisatu's father passed away three years ago and her mother's monthly income as a petty trader is not enough to provide for her education. This project will provide a full scholarship for Valisatu covering her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses.
Funds from this project will help Valisatu continue her education and eventually become a banker - her desired future profession. Your support will help provide all she needs to be successful in school and ensure that she completes her education.
Healthy, well-educated and emancipated women are an excellent foundation for a new and free society. Your support will help Valisatu to finish school, become independent and self-sufficient. In her chosen future career as a banker, she will also be contributing to national development.