There is a desperate need for advancement of education of females in Turkey. Compulsory education is formulated as 4+4+4 but average schooling for girls has increased to only 7 years. We provide scholarships to girls of economically disadvantaged families to enable them to continue their high school education and thus contribute to gender equality.
Illiteracy rate for females is 9% whereas it is 1.8 % for males (TUIK 2016).Compulsory education is 12 years but average schooling rate for females is only 7 years. WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2016 states Turkey is 130th among 145 countries. 1 out of 3 marriages is underage. Due to poverty, low education, too many siblings and local customs, girls can't continue their education. They need economic support to continue their education and seek a dignified life for themselves.
CYDD has been contributing to gender equality in education in Turkey by giving scholarships to over 67,000 girls during the past 20 years. 28% of these girls have continued on to university. This project will be a continuation of this goal.
The scholarship is an economic assistance for the girls to continue education, have a better chance to find a job, and take their place as an individual in the community. The project contributes for equal opportunity in education and life.