Women and education
There’s a well-known proverb in Africa that says, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.” When women are enabled with skills and knowledge, they invest it in the wellbeing of their children – in their health and in their education.
That’s why, in addition to investing in programs for children and youth, with your support we’ve been funding Village Savings and Loans groups targeted at women in both Senegal and Mali. These groups are giving women access to training in financial literacy, agriculture and entrepreneurship, as well as basic financial services. This makes it possible for them to better support their children, and ensure their children receive the education they need to plan for a brighter future.
So far, you’ve helped with the creation of more than 1,200 groups involving almost 29,000 members, the majority of whom are women with school-aged children. In turn, these women are increasing their incomes and getting more control over family finances so they can divert them toward their children’s education in ways both big and small, including paying for:
- Registration fees, school supplies and uniforms
- Healthier meals to nourish developing minds and bodies
- Candles so their children can study at night.
In addition, these financially and socially empowered women have more time and confidence to contribute to the management of school gardens, as well as classroom activities and parent teacher organizations -- all of which strengthens local schools immeasurably.
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