Education is a basic human right. However, girls in the developing world are often shut out of school because:
- They have to work
- They have to take care of their siblings
- They are married too young
- They do not have access to the necessary female sanitary products
- They are threatened by violence near their schools or homes
- Or they are simply not thought to need education.
More than 130 million girls are being denied their basic rights to education. We know that when girls attend school they are given the opportunity to unlock their potential to transform their own lives, their families, communities, and the world.
Camfed estimates that when a girl in Sub-Saharan Africa is educated she will…
1. Earn up to 25% more money per year that she attends secondary school
2. 90% of her earnings will be invested in her family
3. She will be 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS
4. She will marry later and build a smaller family
5. Her children will be educated and gain access to adequate healthcare
6. She will resist gender based discrimination and violence
7. She will contribute to the development of her community
Camfed is a UK-based non-profit organization “tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.” 90% of donor money goes straight to Camfed programs that
“provide holistic and targeted support for girls to go to secondary school, covering needs that include school fees, uniforms, books, pens, boarding fees and disability aids, help women learn how to manage money and launch small businesses, and support CAMA, Camfed’s graduate network, [which] is the only network in Africa bringing together educated young women to lead change.” You can see and support their work at www.camfed.org
Organization: The Malala Fund
The Malala Fund is fighting for girls’ education and “wants to see a world where every girl can complete 12 years of safe, quality education.” They work to accomplish this through advocacy, investing in education leaders and organizations, and raising girls’ voices. You can see and support their work at malala.org
Book: I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai
- “I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.”
Documentary: He Named Me Malala
- Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala tells the story of Pakistani-born teenager and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai. It depicts her life as a young girl who is brave, compassionate, and insists on the universal right to education.