Achievements of 2016

egn_thanksThanks to the generous donations of our network friends, we were able to raise $2000 US to support female students coming from rural areas to study higher education at William V.S. Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County, Liberia.

EGN has been able to provide three full scholarships to Francilla K. Williams and Saybeh Tejeleh to study in the College of Education (Teaching Major) for three years and Tresa Dilieh to study in the College of Health Sciences (Nursing Major) for the present academic year 2016-2017.

All of the students come from very poor villages in the rural areas of Maryland and River Gee Counties in the southeast of Liberia. The EGN scholarship covers tuition, fees and board.

We congratulate our three young recipients on their hard work in their studies; each has maintained a high GPA due to their academic performance.

We hope that all network friends will continue to support Francilla, Saybeh and Tresa to achieve their dream of completing a professional degree and improving their quality of life. We hope one day they will able to help other young women students to achieve their goal just as we have helped them.

Remember that together, we can change peoples life.

The Importance of Education

Help_EGN_photoEducating girls is one of the most effective ways to improve food security: when girls are educated they are more likely to be able to meet the nutritional needs of their children & to head households that are food-secure.

When money is scarce, parents often keep girls at home to work or care for family members. Where school attendance is limited, the promise of at least one meal each day with our School Meals programme motivates parents to send their daughters to school. (Quoted from ©WFP/Ranak Martin)

Support the Educate Girls Network to achieve the goal of educating girls to become teachers, studying in Tubman University in Harper, Liberia. Contact us at (Photo credit to Rosio Godomar)

About the Education of Girls

“The education of girls is to become a ‘cornerstone’ of development in Liberia.” Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia

Girl_Pineapple_circle_focus_brddWith 121 million boys and girls out of school in the world, why focus on educating girls? Education, after all, is associated with the improvement of all aspects of human development for both genders.

In most of the developed world, virtually every boy and girl will complete primary school and most of secondary school with no statistical gender difference. In Canada, according to the United Nations Development Programme, half of all students will complete over 15 years of education in their lifetimes.

According to the UN’s 2015 report on the Millennium Development Goals, half the nations where gender disparity remains a problem are located in Sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the out-of-school girls there are unlikely to ever enter school, compared to 37% of boys. Regarding secondary education, 74% of all developing countries had not achieved gender parity by 2012. Only Western Asia had an equal number of girls and boys attending post-secondary education.

This disparity is reflected in Liberia, where the Educate Girls Network is working. Adult literacy rates outside the capital, Monrovia, reflect this, as only 33 percent of women are literate compared with 60 percent of men.

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First Educate the Girls

“Educating girls is central to any nation transforming itself.”  Julia Gillard, Chair of Global Partnership for Education

Living in any of the most developed nations, people may take for granted that boys and girls will have equal access to educational opportunities. It’s easy to ignore, when surrounded by relative wealth and opportunities, that there is a lack of access to education, particularly for girls, in many of the developing countries. Educate Girls Network (EGN) focuses its work in Liberia, West Africa, assisting young women in getting the university education they need in order to become teachers.

9 Rural School Liberia 2pngA commitment to the education of girls means ensuring that the female population of a nation has completed primary and secondary school education and at every grade level, reading, writing and numeracy standards are met. The option to move into further training at a university or vocational level must be available to all regardless of income or socioeconomic circumstance.

While gender inequality is hidden in employment and earning statistics in a country like Canada, for example, gender inequality in education in less developed nations is more overt. In many parts of the world, it is assumed that women will marry young rather than follow a career. Boys are perceived by parents as being the providers – for their own children – but also for their elderly parents. In many parts of the world, parents with little or no education themselves will often prioritize education for their sons, but not their daughters

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