Girls Education for Brighter Futures Post-COVID-19

by Graduate Women International (GWI), (formerly International Federation of University Women)
Girls Education for Brighter Futures Post-COVID-19

Dear Girls’ Education for Brighter Futures Supporters,

The need for funding for education is critical Now, more than ever, donations are needed to revitalise education funds like the GWI Girls Education for Brighter Futures programme.

The Covid has exacerbated the so-called digital gap, especially affecting women and girls. Now more than ever GWI needs your support to redress inequalities. As the pandemic has transformed the learning methodology, the usage of digital technology and hybrid learning has increased significantly. Without access to the right technology, millions of students around the world, especially women and girls will be unfairly deprived of the educational opportunities they offer distance education.

GWI is humbled by the support received since the launch of the Girls Education for Brighter Futures Programme.   Around the world and despite the current global challenges, the various GWI projects continue to positively impact the lives of thousands of women and girls. These locally developed and operated projects address essential needs and build on the knowledge, skills and transformative power of GWI members in their local communities.

All projects are in line with GWI’s mission towards lifelong education, advancement and participation in leadership and decision making and the empowerment of all women and girls. Thank you to GlobalGiving and to our donors contributing to GWI Girls Education for Brighter Futures project. With your generous support, GWI is able to continue this positive impact on girls' education by helping thousands of girls and women with access to safe, quality education, realize increased gender equality and lifelong learning to break the poverty cycle.

We appreciate, We need you! Donations to the Girls Education for Brighter Futures programme can be made HERE.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Graduate Women International

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Dear Graduate Women International Donors,

Around the world, 743 million girls were pushed out of school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. School closures due to COVID-19 have exacerbated gender inequalities, especially for the poorest women and girls. Since the beginning of the crisis, GWI has expressed concerns about the probable and pervasive gendered impacts of the pandemic on girl’s education. Education is a powerful path to gender equality, strengthening girls' skills, knowledge and power to challenge discriminatory gender norms. 

Girls Education for Brighter Futures supporters help to fund the GWI Bina Roy Partners in Development (BRPID) programme. BRPID supports locally-developed and operated projects to empower women and girls through education and leadership development. The current projects focus on educating girls about recycling to combat environmental pollution (Ghana), empowering girls through education and income generating activities (Nepal), and training girls, parents, and teachers in the making of reusable sanitary pads (Uganda). To carry out these projects, GWI has partnered with Ghana Association of University Women (GAUW), Nepal Association of University Women (NAUW) and Association of University Women Uganda LTD. 

In Ghana, at least 20%-30% of waste ends up in the water bodies, soil, and on the streets. However, recycling through the re-use of materials (particularly plastic), is shown to have a positive impact on environmental sustainability. The GWI project in Ghana will help girls to receive an education about environmental pollution and recycling plastic waste through workshops. Girls will put their knowledge to practice by collecting plastic waste to make flower pots and other basic building construction. Upon completion, the girls will be given the opportunity to sell their handiwork, providing them with a source of income.

In Nepal many girls marry early at 14-16 years old and have children at a young age. Therefore, most of these girls do not have the opportunity to complete their education. Teaching these women to read and write in the Nepali language will help them to be economically empowered through income generating activities, using the skills acquired in the training. This GWI project in Nepal is expected to benefit 40 illiterate women. 

In Uganda, poverty rates are high in rural areas and many girls lack education in menstrual hygiene. As a result, girls do not attend school especially on the days when they have their periods and some girls drop out of school completely to get married. The aim of this project in Uganda is to increase girls’ retention in school, while training the community to acquire skills in making reusable sanitary pads. This will create a source of income and an improvement in the menstrual hygiene of young girls and women. This project is expected to benefit students, parents, teachers, and the community at large.

Graduate Women International (GWI) continues working tirelessly to coordinate and manage advocacy projects and initiatives on local, national and international levels. We need your help too. The generous donations to the GWI Girls’ Education for Brighter Futures contributes to supporting these projects. Contributions of any amount have made meaningful, positive impacts on the lives of women and girls around the world. Please reach out to anyone you know and invite them to donate as well. Your contributions matter, and we are sincerely grateful.

Take a stand with GWI to advocate for women and girls' right to an education. Donations to the Girls Education for Brighter Futures programme can be made HERE. 

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Graduate Women International

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Dear Girls’ Education for Brighter Futures Supporters,

It is estimated that up to 20 million of girls may not return to school because of the COVID-19 pandemic (closure of schools, rising poverty, etc.). Graduate Women International (GWI) continues working tirelessly to coordinate and manage advocacy projects and initiatives on local, national and international levels that focus on building education funding.

We encourage you to follow our social media, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram because we organise GWI Fundraiser Friday. Every week we showcase meaningful projects and invite you to get involved. For instance, for Girls Education for a Brighter Future, if you donate 20$ USD, it will allow GWI to support girls’ education and lifeskills training to reduce poverty cycle; 50$USD will contribute to workshops to encourage girls to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). You can donate HERE.

Since 2015, GWI implemented successful projects in 14 countries and approximately 6 000 women were positively impacted. This has been possible thanks to your donations. Thus, funding Girls Education for Brighter Futures will continue this positive impact on girls’ educations. We will continue advocating for the safe and quality education.

Your support is truly changing not only the individual girls' lives but also entire nations. Our recurring donors are making a continuous impact and we are truly grateful for the ongoing support. If you are not yet a recurring donor, we warmly invite you to consider a monthly contribution. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. You can monthly donate HERE.

The need for funding education is critical and is at record-low levels in many countries. In September 2021, GlobalGiving will organise a five-day crowdfunding campaign, named Little by Little. The principle is the following: all eligible donations up to 50$ USD per unique donor per organisation will be matched at 50% for the duration of the campaign. This is an excellent opportunity to support our project Girls Education for Brighter Futures. Please watch for our links and social media posts.

Thank you for your support.

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Dear Girls’ Education for Brighter Futures Supporters,

The World Bank in April 2021, reports that 265 million people are going hungry and 140 million are in extreme poverty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented challenges to the global community. Graduate Women International (GWI) continues working actively to coordinate and manage advocacy projects and initiatives on local, national and international levels that focus on building education back better.

The need for funding for education is critical. The International Development Association (World Bank) estimates that countries diverted $25 billion in resources that were planned for infrastructure, schools and education to COVID response for health care, health systems. Now, more than ever, donations are needed to revitalise education funds like the GWI Girls Education for Brighter Futures programme.

GWI is humbled by the support received since the launch of the Girls Education for Brighter Futures Programme in December 2020.  Around the world and despite the current challenges, the various GWI projects continue to positively impact the lives of thousands of women and girls. These locally developed and operated projects address essential needs and build on the knowledge, skills and transformative power of GWI members in their local communities.

One example is in Mexico, through the “Empowering Women through Education” project, GWI members are organizing educational workshops to strengthen women’s awareness of their human rights and the various processes for the promotion of a violence-free life for all women and girls.

Another example is In Nepal, the “Empowerment in Community Schools in Tokha” project is directly contributing to the lessening of the digital gap between private and public schools in the Tokha municipality and is developing interactive learning behaviors through ICT-based knowledge sharing techniques in five community schools. A continuation of an existing project conducted successfully in 2018, this project is expected to raise the quality of education for 1500 students and their 50 teachers. This number is expected to grow exponentially to thousands through the positive impact it will have on the community as a whole and as the router will be used in the subsequent years for other cohorts of children.

We appreciate your donations and support. We need your donations and support.

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