As Rwanda rebuilds in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, the education gap between girls and boys must be addressed. Only 17% of girls are reported to start secondary school, with secondary school completion rates reduced even further. During times away from school, such as during the 2 month year-end holiday, girls are the most vulnerable for teenage pregnancy. Girls need engagement opportunities that protect their pursuit of education and allow them to serve as leaders and change agents.
One of the most effective levers of change is a young woman who has the capability, rights, power, courage, and resources to initiate solutions to the social issues she, her family, and her community face. It often takes only one successful experience in making a difference through one's own solution to transform a girl's belief in her own capacity to improve her life and that of others. The Girls Academy will empower girls as change leaders through leadership and social entrepreneurship skills
As girls advance their education, they improve their earning potential, their health and their sense of self-worth thereby enabling them to break the bonds of poverty. Further, girls have the capacity to drive sustainable social change through their unique insights and ideas about what women and girls need. We will initially catalyze 57 girls to start change projects in their schools and communities. Once trained we expect they will continue to solve issues and mentor others as we expand.