Educate a girl
Negotiating a Better Future Through Life Skills
Barama charity Works to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of children and women in Uganda through scholarships for girls and community education.
When a girl stays in school, it brings an astonishing impact on her quality of life and on her future family as well. For a girl in one of the most underserved parts of the world, staying in school longer means she is more likely to build a smaller and healthier family, lower her probability of contracting HIV, and earn a higher wage. She is also more likely to marry later and educate her own children thus ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.
Girls lag behind boys in their completion of secondary school. In the last decade, the world has made significant gains in primary school enrolment but girls in low income countries still drop out at an alarming rate.
According to UNESCO,Out of the 124 million children and young adolescents who are out of school, 52 percent are girls. Girls face serious barriers such as cultural bais and lack of safety. Such challenges can compound as girls transition into secondary school involves increased school costs, the need to contribute to family income, and pressures to marry and begin a family.
Therefor our program includes four core components: life skills, mentors, material support, and community engagement, which we implement based on local conditions, individual need and grade level.
Barama invests in girlsâ€™education for long-term change that needs sustaining our programs for years and scaling them to a countryâ€™s need. we focus on girlsâ€™ transitions into and through secondary school â€” thatâ€™s where the biggest and most permanent gaps in gender equality in education take place. We also collaborate with government officials at the local, regional and national levels to promote girl-friendly learning environments. These partnerships ensure that our program is complementary of national efforts, sustainable and nationally scalable.
Girls need life skills, thinking critically, empathizing and relying on themselves help them meet day-to-day challenges and make concrete decisions. When girls learn these skills and how to use them daily, they become better equipped to handle the challenges they may face, from gender bias to finding time to study. We help girls to discover their own strength, advocate for themselves, and create a new and different path from the one that might be forced upon them. Our program enables girls to learn and practice life skills through classes, workshops and extracurricular activities.