G is for Good Education for Girls in Africa
April 9, 2012
In many parts of the world education is not looked upon as something a girl needs to survive. This is true in many countries on the African continent. We know that without a proper education these children will be unable to participate in the modern world successfully. Many people are familiar with the school built by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa to help address this issue but most are not working to find a way to offer support themselves to this issue. I have come across several organizations working to positively change the statistics for girls education on the African continent.
World Education has helped girls in 12 African countries go to school through the Ambassador Girls’ Scholarship Program. Last year they were able to assist 12,000 female students to attend classes. The organization has also developed training for local professional women who serve as mentors for students in the program. These local professionals guide and educate the girls s on the importance of education, HIV and AIDS awareness, reproductive health and community involvement. The teachers happily are reporting improvement in the girl students attendance and achievement level. Success through this type of program certainly offers the girls a much brighter future. Visit the World Education website to find out more about how you can support their efforts: www.worlded.org
Another organization that I found while surfing the net is Camfed. Since 1993, this UK Organization has fought poverty and AIDS by educating girls and empowering young women. Their programs have assisted and educated more than 1,451,600 children in of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi. Camfed uses a community-based, holistic approach to bring about change in these African nations.
For more information about how to help girls become educated through Camfed please visit their site: www.camfed.org
I also came across the IADT’s School in a Box program that is bringing innovative fresh ways to bring education to rural areas of Africa and India
Here is a video of their presentation to many of the African Ministers of Education
Have you been involved in any programs that help raise the education of girls around the world? I would love to hear about them. Please be sure to share a link here!
OWO FORO ADOBE is the Adinkra symbol for steadfastness, prudence and diligence - this is the attitude we must take to make a difference in the education of girls around the world!
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The United Nations Girls Education Initiativeworks to assist national governments fulfill their responsibilities towards ensuring the right to education and gender equality for all children, girls and boys alike. This amazing organization promotes strategies that put the needs of the most disadvantaged, including girls and women, first in education policies, plans and budgets of the goverments they work with internationally.