Girls are often the first to be excluded from education in Zambia. That’s why we will remove financial, psychological and menstruation-related barriers so that 600 impoverished girls in Zambia can participate in primary, secondary or tertiary education, leading to improved prospects.
Only 27% of girls complete secondary school, and among the poorest it’s 3%. Poverty is the biggest barrier but girls have other barriers to progressing in education seamlessly; early marriage (2m child brides), pregnancy and access to sanitary products are all barriers. Many girls are forced to get jobs. With limited resources, households often educate boys first as girls’ education is not considered a good investment. Abuse, low self-esteem and aspirations are also barriers to girls.
Partnering with grassroots groups we’ll help 600 girls to participate in education, gain qualifications & improve prospects & wellbeing. By removing: 1. Psychological barriers: counselling for stress & anxiety; 2. Financial barriers: provide fees, uniforms & books; 3. Boost ambition: promote girls' education to students & parents/guardians; 4. Reduce period poverty: teach children to make reusable sanitary pads; 5. Empower grassroots partners: to help children thrive.