Young girls are eager and motivated learners.
They bring a unique set of talents and perspectives to bear on solving problems. They are quick to master language skills and astute participants in social interactions. They are capable of focused concentration and perseverance.
In short, girls have the necessary motivation, intelligence and social skills to be highly successful in today’s world.
And yet for many girls growing up in developing countries like Kenya, they are denied the opportunity to receive an education. They are often marginalized, and continue to suffer from a lack of economic opportunity, inadequate health care, early marriage, sexual violence, and discrimination.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies.
And if that’s not enough, there are even more compelling benefits associated with girls’ education:
- Reduction of child and maternal mortality
- Improvement of child nutrition and health
- Lower birth rates
- Enhancement of women’s domestic role and their political participation
- Improvement of the economic productivity and growth
- Protection of girls from HIV/AIDS, abuse and exploitation
Girls’ education yields some of the highest returns of all development investments, yielding both private and social benefits that accrue to individuals, families, and society.I-KODI offers full academic scholarships to girls at the Konditi Primary School to allow them to continue their education.
We work in partnership with community members and teachers to identify girls with high potential for academic success. Oftentimes these girls come from highly vulnerable families that are struggling financially to pay school fees, placing the girls at increased risk for dropping out.
We provide scholarships for them to attend local or regional high schools, paying for their tuition, room and board, uniforms, books and stationary.
We invite you to learn more about our Scholarship Program and join us in supporting girls’ education as a critical investment in the future of this community. Help us grow the ripple effect by providing a scholarship to an aspiring and deserving young girl. This small gesture will help provide the necessary education and opportunities for her to continue on a path towards greater social and economic security.
Shared from http://www.educatinggirlsmatters.org/challenge.html
Sources: The Global Fund for Women, The World Bank, The Clinton Global Initiative