Educating 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo credit to Rosio Godomar)
“The education of girls is to become a ‘cornerstone’ of development in Liberia.” Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia
With 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.
“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.
A 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