Fortunately, more young women in Senegal are now given the opportunity to attend school. However, the costs of university or professional schools is prohibitive for most families, especially in the rural Kedougou region in southeast Senegal. Given the scarcity of jobs, though, higher education provides young women a significantly better chance of finding employment. This project aims to help young women continue their education, with the goal of empowering them in Senegal's growing economy.
Even though young women in rural areas in Senegal are more likely to be sent to school than has been the case traditionally, affording higher education is extremely prohibitive. Yet, a university or professional degree is key to empowering young women in today's growing Senegal economy. Young women in the Kedougou region must seek such opportunities far from their home, which increases the costs associated with their goals, as they're unlikely to have family in the capitol, where most must go.
We will provide funding to assist young women who have completed their high school education in the Kedougou region & we seek out those that have excelled in their studies, in particular. We will sponsor their education at a Senegalese university or professional school, such as Business School.
In addition to providing opportunities for an historically undervalued group - young women have traditionally not been allowed or encouraged to pursue education in rural areas of southeastern Senegal - we will aid the economic development of this growing region. We hope to fund one young woman per year in university or professional school studies. Given Neighbor Ape's dual focus, we strive to educate women, in particular, as studies have shown this group significantly aids conservation efforts.