By Bhavani Parpia and Dhara Naik - Founder, ConnecTeach and Volunteer
Our work in Uganda is progressing slowly but steadily! We worked with the teachers and school leaders to create a community survey to help us identify some of the prevalent issues in their communities that remain barriers to education, primarily for girls. The charts in the attached link:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-M3BZ99B/ demonstrate that these communities identify child marriage and school dropouts as the primary barriers for their girls. There is a significant correlation between these problems as they contribute to the growth of one another. For example, child marriage arranged by family members, due to economic hardships, may require the student to drop out of school. Consequently, early marriage can cause an immature couple to approach finances irresponsibly, resulting in themselves or future children being unable to afford an education. It is important to recognize that contributors to the survey are conscious that the frequency of dropping out disproportionately affects female students and that most disagree with the concept of child marriage. Lastly, we can see that a majority believe that community leaders are not addressing the issues, which they recognize as important and prevalent. So, if the community leaders are not addressing these issues, it falls upon the teachers, as advocates and changemakers, to do so. And they can do this with our help, with your help. We hope that you will continue to support our work in these school communities, and we thank you for your support!
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