ROAD TRIP TO AFRICA FOR GIRLS EDUCATION
Have you ever thought that your youngest sister could drop out from school at the age of 12?
What would you do if your youngest daughter would become pregnant at the age of 14?
Have you ever questioned yourself what is the progress in education for an average girl child in sub-Saharan Africa?
Following the Progress in education of the girl child in sub-Saharan Africa in general has been impeded by the high rates of school dropout, which will cause challenges in the achieving of the Sustainable Development Goals particularly the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, improving the health of children and mothers, achieving gender equality and empowerment of women, curbing the spread of HIV and AIDS and other diseases, improving environmental sustainability and creating a safe environment for girls in acquiring their education as boys do. According to the new Gender Report compiled by UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) for International Day of the Girl Child, shows few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have achieved gender parity in both primary and secondary education. There still only 92 girls per 100 boys in primary school in the region
Within the sub-Saharan Africa there is still the School-related gender-based violence which is one of the worst manifestations of gender discrimination and holds back education attainment. Likewise, child marriages remain a persistent barrier to girls’ education. If existing laws on age of marriage were enforced, this would result in and overall 39% increase in years of schooling in sub-Saharan Africa https://en.unesco.org/gem-report/sites/gem-report/files/regional_overview_SSA_en.pdf Early pregnancy remains a barrier to girls’ education as well: Pregnancy has been identified as a key driver of dropout and exclusion among female secondary school students in sub-Saharan African countries.
The road trip is spear headed by Educate Her https://educateher.org/
which is an alliance of Youth Led Community Based organisations in 15 Eastern and Southern Africa countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda being the Alliances Secretariat solely working on supporting the Direct Involvement of Men and Boys as Champions for Girls’ Education. This based on the fact that, in Uganda for example, according to the National Strategic Plan for Girls Education 2015 https://www.education.go.ug/files/.../National_Strategy_and_Action_Plan_on-VACiS.pd...
, 2 of the MAJOR reasons for Girls’ Dropping out of school in Sub Saharan Africa are early marriages and Teenage Pregnancies which are perpetuated by mostly Men helped by Boys who use the vulnerability of these girls as an advantage to fulfil their sexual desires who end up effecting their health life and hence school dropouts. Therefore, we believe that by having men and boys champion Girls’ being in school, these challenges will be no more.
The road trip is being driven by Vision of having well-coordinated sustainable communities of diversity towards learning, sharing solutions and developing the Africa We Want by investing in Girl’s Education. Within this road trip, there will be a number of community intervention by both the community representatives joined by the other young people from the other parts of Africa aiming at learning good practices, unlearning the poor practices and as well replicate the good practices to other countries where they are facing almost similar challenges
By supporting this we will able to reach out
To 15 countries that will participate in the road trip
750 Community Based Organisations/ Initiatives to engage
Train 120 local communities in advocacy and accountability using accountability clinics
Aim to reach out to 5000 young people through different capacity building and training programs
What we ask from you
With this intervention we understand it’s not an individual intervention but collective efforts. We therefore ask for a small donation, for any small donation you make can make a difference in turning the world a better place for a young girl in Sub-Saharan Africa by staying in school. Even when without a donation you can contribute buy sharing the link to your circle and platforms. All together we can make this happen.
Why you should support us
This is a shared responsibility to solve the problems we mentioned in the beginning and we ask for a global engagement, everyone is responsible for contributing to the solutions. It is now or never, you or nobody who will make the difference
Teenage pregnancies in Sub-Saharan Africa
A six years old girl forced to marry off a 9 years old boy In Eastern Uganda https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiz_sm47MXhAhUCShUIHYasDkMQMwgnKAAwAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fafricandailyvoice.com%2Fen%2F2019%2F04%2F05%2Fugandan-boy-marries-yr-old-girl-both-born-teeth%2F&psig=AOvVaw1iOD9dcpkLv-oIF9fVdQxc&ust=1554996750597516&ictx=3&uact=3