Conflict, cultural norms and poverty prevent more than 130 million girls around the world from attending school. RI's Educate Girls, End Poverty program aims to overcome these political, economic and social issues by providing nearly 60,000 Somali girls with the opportunity to receive an education. RI's program is part of the UK Government's Girls' Education Challenge (GEC), an international pledge to help one million of the world's most vulnerable girls improve their lives through education.
Education provides a meaningful opportunity to break the cycle of chronic poverty. Societies function best when women are encouraged to participate. Yet, girls around the world are routinely barred from attending school and excluded from receiving an education. RI's flagship program in Somalia supports girls in underserved communities in their pursuit of education, providing year-long scholarships to 3,400 girls considered particularly vulnerable.
RI's girls' education program enrolls 59,000 girls in primary and secondary school. But, girls' education goes beyond getting girls into school. We ensure that girls are equipped with everything they need to succeed: pencils and school supplies, solar lamps for studying at home, school uniforms, and transportation. RI also builds safe and inclusive learning environments by training more qualified female teachers and working with boys to understand the value of girls and women in their society.
Educating girls helps lift households, communities and countries out of poverty. It is an investment in economic growth, healthier lives and lasting peace. Education empowers young women to break the cycle of poverty by giving them the confidence and skills to create new opportunities for themselves. When every member of society is educated, both men and women will experience a shared prosperity. Your generous donation helps young women achieve their dreams. We thank you. And so do they.