Without school, girls are considered to have a lower status than boys. This is why ARA pays special attention to girls and the promotion of their rights. The extreme poverty of families, the Boko Haram conflict in the Far North and NOSO (North West and South West Cameroon) deprive girls of school. For all of these girls, one of the survival options for them and their families is marriage, prostitution and/or transactional sex. Girls' education is therefore the precursor to sustainable change.
Even today in Cameroon, girls continue to be denied schooling. They are forced to work, they are forced to marry every year before the age of 18, they face sexual violence before the age of 20: they are discriminated against unfairly because of their gender. They are deprived of education because they are born "girls". Also, in our cultural traditions, girls are considered a burden to the family. Their education is therefore of no importance because their destiny is to be married young.
Our project will address girls' inequality in education by : -Supporting girls in difficulty at school; -Sensitize communities on the importance of education; -Keeping girls in school with scholarships: Transition (primary cycle for the first year of high school), Retention (keeping girls in school until their last year of high school), Reinsertion (girl mothers and girls in detention or in conflict with the law who want to return to school); -Distribution of sanitary towels to girls;
Girls' education is the best instrument to fight against poverty because it allows to break the cycle of poverty, while the non-education of girls is a real lack for the development of the country: Indeed, each year spent by a girl in school increases her future income by 10 to 20%. By increasing girls' school attendance by 10% each year, Cameroon's gross domestic product (GDP) increases by an average of 3%. A girl who goes to school knows how to make her voice heard and actively participates in