Because of poverty, many girls and young women throughout Egypt must neglect their education in order to marry early, help in the fields, gain immediate employment or carry out domestic labor to meet family needs. When in school, they face gender bias in the classroom and lack positive, educated, female role models to support and inspire them. These conditions gravely limit their economic, political, and social empowerment. Through educational mentoring, VGP counteracts these forces.
VGP trains young women in secondary school to mentor girls in primary school, providing academic assistance as well as education on nutrition, hygiene, girls' rights, and civic participation. Mentors receive a monthly stipend for their efforts.
This program will empower 1,000 girls and young women, increasing self-confidence, literacy, leadership skills, health care use and community engagement, and provide them with skills for future wage employment or enterprise.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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