A bicycle in the hands of a girl student changes everything. Our bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program aims to provide 200 bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers and educational workers in rural Africa. Students with bikes arrive to school safe and ready to learn. Initial results from the program show grades and attendance increasing while child pregnancy and other health risks such as HIV/AIDS rates are decreasing.
The Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) is an innovative program that is providing approximately 200 bicycles to school children, teachers and school volunteers in rural Zambia. Bicycles empower students by providing safe and reliable transportation to school which aids in the successful completion of their secondary education and is a catalyst for better health and economic outcomes.
Through the distribution of these bicycles to the neediest and most vulnerable populations, the program hopes to achieve the following outcomes: increased student attendance; improved safety and security of students traveling to school; improved student and teacher performance; and improved livelihoods (i.e. household income and ability to meet financial obligations).
Early impact reporting of this program's impact include markedly improved student attendance, the return to school of girls who had dropped out, improved student test scores and reduced early pregnancies and marriages.