POSTED November 29, 2021
How gender equality opens doors to education for girls and young women
This #GivingTuesday, find out how Children Believe is helping change the future for females from vulnerable communities
Gender equality and education are more closely related than many people realize, especially in the countries where we work in Africa, Asia and the Americas. So, as the world unites this #GivingTuesday to make change together, did you know early marriages and teen pregnancies are among the highest in the world in Central America, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
Many girls who become young brides or young mothers have no choice but to quit school, continuing the cycle of poverty.
Josselyn (pictured) knows that all too well. A mother at just 16, it was difficult to continue high school, until she was given a distance learning opportunity as part of a Children Believe project. “I would not have been able to graduate under other conditions … without that financial support. This made a huge difference in my life,” she says.
Breaking barriers to education is not always easy. For some, it takes changing mindsets and gender-equality training. In Nicaragua, Xóchitl, a young mother received support through Children Believe to return to school following gender-based training with her family.
“When I got pregnant, (my partner) told me studies were no longer for me,” she explains. “Now I am in my fourth year of high school. I also got a job; I work as a pre-school teacher in my community. She adds: “I feel free.”
Send a girl to school through our gift catalogue, and you’ll give her…
- a scholarship
- gender-related leadership training benefiting her family and community
UPDATE: A big thank you to all our supporters who helped us surpass our goal of sending 200 girls to school this #GivingTuesday.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in more than 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.