Globally, women form the majority of the of the world’s extreme poor. Poverty rates are highest amongst children, particularly among girls. An estimated one in three women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. They are also less likely to have employment contracts, legal rights or social protection. These are barriers to women’s efforts to create better lives for themselves and their children.
Ensuring girls enter and stay in the classroom is crucial to eradicate global poverty.
The literacy rate in Nepal is only 50%. In rural villages only 8% of the female students pass grade 10 exams. Poverty levels result in family support focused on food supply and basic needs. Money for tuition, books, uniforms and other school costs are just not available for students and more often young females are required to stay home to perform household chores.
The girls become victims of the patriarchal traditions and old beliefs continuing the cycle of illiteracy and socioeconomic inequity. There is a 90% chance that if these students remain uneducated, they will end up going to work as a labourer.
Every Girl is currently supporting 10 bright and motivated girls from the poorest families of the Dang area. Funding covers their annual tuition, exam fees, a computer, uniforms, books and stationary.
The commitment to education in Sri Lanka is extraordinarily high, as demonstrated by a 91.8% literacy rate. Despite this commitment to education, many children from poor families face significant financial barriers in pursuing an education, ranging from an inability to afford daily transport costs, books or tuition.
To further the educational outcomes of poor and marginalized children in Sri Lanka DWC is subsidizing over 20 students’ cost for one-year enrollment in tuition classes, funding weekly English language courses for 30 students, providing scholarships to subsidize the cost of university attendance for 15 students each year, including tuition, transportation, books, accommodation and meals. Where children have academic potential but face physical disabilities, providing additional supports such as wheel chairs and transport allow them to overcome their particular barriers to education.
Nikita is in Grade 4. She and her brother live in a mud house. After her mother fell ill, much of the family’s earnings through labor work was used for treatment. Her mother is recovering slowly and Nakita’s studies are going well. Her parents and teachers are very happy. Because she was supported through this hardship she didn’t have to drop out of school.