Train 50 women teachers in Uganda to educate 1000s

by Graduate Women International (GWI), (formerly International Federation of University Women)
Train 50 women teachers in Uganda to educate 1000s

Dear Graduate Women International Donors:

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated female teacher challenges globally. For Graduate Women International (GWI), this was particularly evident in rural Uganda, where we operate the Teachers for Rural Futures programme. Given that many girls have fallen behind in education during the past few years, the GWI Teachers for Rural Futures programme is more critical than ever. Simply, yet by all means, not an exhaustive summary, the goal is to increase the opportunity for young women in rural Uganda to obtain their teaching degree, increase the number of female teachers in rural Uganda, and decrease school dropouts. GWI knows that girls with female teachers have mentors and positive role models and are more likely to stay in school. 

 

GWI currently supports three young women who attend Makerere University in Kampala. Each recently successfully completed their exams. They are heading back to their home communities now, where they will participate in teaching practice for the summer. Their success is possible thanks to donations from our GlobalGiving supporters like you and the grant programme from the City of Geneva. GWI continues to work closely with our Uganda Association of University Women and our students to identify additional young women to join the programme. 

 

By supporting the GWI Teachers for Rural Futures Programme, you are facilitating safe access to education for many young women in rural Uganda who would otherwise not have the opportunity to gain a university degree. Their success becomes the success of their entire rural community.

You can help the GWI Teachers for Rural Futures programme by generously donating:

 

  • 25 dollars per month to provide books for one student teacher
  • 75 dollars to provide tuition for one student teacher for one month
  • 150 dollars to provide uinversity tuition for one student teacher for two months
  • 900 dollars to train one student teacher for one year

 

Contributions of any amount make meaningful impacts on the lives of our student teachers. We also appreciate you reaching out to your network and inviting them to donate as well. Your contributions matter, and we are sincerely grateful. 

 

Donations to the Teachers for Rural Futures programme are appreciated HERE.

 

With appreciation,

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Dear Graduate Women International Donors:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated female teacher challenges in rural Uganda where a significant number of girls remain out of school. There are critically low numbers of qualified female teachers in Uganda, currently about 30% in secondary schools, with even lower numbers in rural areas.

Despite continued pandemic challenges, Graduate Women International's (GWI) Teachers for Rural Futures programme is in the financial position, because of our generous donors like you, to offer the opportunity for three young women from ruralnorthern Uganda to obtain their teaching degree. Our programme aims, no matter the challenges, toincrease the number of female teachers in rural Uganda. These new teachers will be mentors and positive influencers to school-aged girls to remain in school. By supporting additional female teachers,your donation will be facilitating the safer access to a number of girls in rural Uganda who would otherwise be forced to stay out of school.

Many families in rural communities favour boys when investing in education.When girls have female teachers, they have a role model to look up to and their parents are more likely to feel comfortable sending their daughters to school. Women and girls with an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives. They earn a higher income, participate in decision-making, and build better futures for themselves and their families.

To date, the Teachers for Rural Futures programme has successfully sponsored five young women from rural district of Buyende Uganda to complete their studies in the field of education at Makerere University in Kampala. This has been possible thanks to the donations from our GlobalGiving supporters and the grants programme from the City of Geneva. 

GWI continues to work tirelessly to make a positive impact on women’s and girls’ education. We need your help too. You can help the GWI Teachers for Rural Futures programme by generously donating:

  •  25 dollars per month to provide books for one student teacher
  • 75 dollars to provide tuition for one student teacher for one month
  • 150 dollars to provide tuition for one student teacher for two months
  • 900 dollars to train one student teacher for one year

Contributions of any amount make meaningfulimpacts on the lives of our student teachers at Makerere University in Kampala. We also appreciate you reaching out to your circle of friends and organisations and invite them to donate as well. Your contributions matter, and we are sincerely grateful.

Donations to the Teachers for Rural Futures programme can be made HERE.

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Dear Graduate Women International Donors:

COVID-19 has exacerbated the female teacher challenges in rural Uganda where a significant number of girls remain out of school. Many were forced to drop out and may not return partly due to the lack of female teachers. Graduate Women International's (GWI) Teachers for Rural Futures programme is increasing the opportunity for young women in rural Uganda to gain their teaching degree with the aim to increase the number of female teachers in rural Uganda. With additional female teachers GWI will also be increasing the safe access to and the number of girls who remain in school in rural communities in Uganda.

To date, the Teachers for Rural Futures project has successfully sponsored five young women from rural Beyunde Uganda to complete their studies in the field of education. Despite COVID-19 challenges, the programme has onboarded a new student in 2021 to undertake her studies in this field. We continue to work closely with our Uganda Association of University Women as well as our newly enrolled student, to identify additional young women to join the programme.

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, schools in Uganda, alongside the world’s education systems, suffered immeasurably with the greatest setbacks in women’s and girls’ education. School closures due to COVID-19 resulted in an increase in girls and young women’s sexual and physical abuse which has led to a 22.5 per cent increase in pregnancy among girls aged 10-24 in Uganda. In addition, approximately two out of every 10 Ugandan children had less than a meal a day as they no longer had access to the meals provided at school. Your donation towards helping to flatten this curve is critical.

The GWI Board, staff and member affiliates globally will continue to work together through the use our collective strength to make a positive impact on women’s and girls’ education. We need your help too. The generous donations to the GWI Teachers for Rural
Futures contribute to support such as:

  • Recurring donations of 25 dollars per month provided books for one student teacher
  • Donations of 75 dollars provided tuition for one student teacher for one month
  • Contributions of 150 dollars provided tuition for one student teacher for two months
  • Donations of 900 dollars trained one student teacher for one year

Contributions of any amount have made meaningful, positive impacts on the lives of our teachers. Please reach out to anyone you know and invite them to donate as well. Your contributions matter, and we are sincerely grateful.

Donations to the Teachers for Rural Futures programme can be made HERE.

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At GWI, education is our top priority. Education gives people purpose, courage, and pride. It equips them with the essential knowledge and skills to flee poverty, fosters economic growth, and is the foundation for a sustainable future. 

The COVID 19 pandemic devastating effects consist of the ubiquity of violence and population displacement negatively impacting girls' education. Not deterred, GWI propelled its program Teachers for Rural Future in partnership with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, young women students will come from the Lira District of northern Uganda. This is an area identified by GWI and its Uganda Association of University Women where we can make positive impact for girls’ education and develop role models for other girls.

In recent years, due to the continued rebel violence, population displacement continues to negatively impact girl education.  Consequently, the Lira district, as many others in Uganda, suffers from a lack of women teachers which has a direct effect on girls attending school.  GWI strives to improve girls school attendance.

For 102 years, GWI has been a force for education in multiple countries; lately, we have been deeply involved in helping improve the education for girls in Uganda and enabling the region's rehabilitation through our programs. 

Thank you to all of our donors! Your invaluable support contributes to the success of the programme. Your support contributes to the tuition fees, accommodation, transportations, school supplies, etc., of young girls. As example, $25 monthly contributes to monthly stipend; $60 contributes to tuition costs for one girl at the university level. 

As an example of the impact of your contributions, GWI recently received this message from one of the girls you support, "I will always say thanks to GWI for the endless support and all the endeavours towards our studies in Makerere University".

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Graduate Women International (GWI) is thankful to announce that, despite the COVID 19 pandemic, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, is accepting new candidates for its Teachers for Rural Futures project. GWI new young women students for 2021 will come from the Lira District in northern Uganda. In years past, the region suffered massive population displacement from increased rebel violence. Now trying to recover from rebel invasion, Lira residence have returned to rebuild their lives and educate their girls. GWI is participating in the revival by accepting girls into the Teachers for Rural Futures programme

The region where the girls are from, like many in Uganda, has a shortage of women secondary school teachers. This discourages many adolescent girls from attending school.  Once graduated, these young women will go back to their rural community to teach and serve as women role models for other girls at critical stages of their lives. 

Thank you to all our donors who have supported this project! Individual donations provide funding for tuition and examinations, university accommodation, books, transport to and from home, living expenses and community engagement to raise continued support for girls’ education. 

More qualified women teachers mean 1000s more girls in rural communities can go to school. Your donantions help us continue this project! 

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