Fighting poverty – keeping girls in school in Uganda
In many developing countries, one of the key barriers to girls’ education is poverty. Poor girls struggle to complete primary, let alone attend secondary school or university. Financial hardship often forces girls out of school and into challenging and sometimes dangerous life situations. Through its scholarship programme, FAWE Uganda supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary and secondary education and, in some cases, through tertiary education too. More Videos
With access to education, FAWE literally protects young girls by providing a safe haven for them to learn and grow, free from poverty and the threat of early marriage and poor management of sexual maturation.
Through FAWE’s advocacy efforts, 12 million girls and women in 33 Sub Saharan African nations have been able to attend school. FAWE’s advocacy influenced adoption of free primary education, re-entry policies for adolescent mothers, and scholarships for needy girls.
The empowerment of girls through education brings immense benefits to the individual and to the community. This reduces fertility rates, infant mortality rates; improves a child’s health, and protects girls from abuse, exploitation and HIV/AIDS.