GIRL CHILD EDUCATION-Pooja Sarkar
Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence and fragility. Therefore, here at HEEALS, GIRLS’ EDUCATION is a priority.
“Education is one thing no one can take away from you”- Elin Nordegren . Also, as rightly said in the African proverb, ‘‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school, it is ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in the school. Education is the key for women to achieve economic independence. It is also ensuring that girl child complete all levels of education with the rightful skills necessary to navigate and adapt to the changing world. That the education give them the freedom of making their own rightful decisions about their life and also contribute to the communities and the world.
Although women in the majority of countries have the right to education, the problem lies in the equal access to education. In many developing countries, millions of women do not complete their education because they are forced by their society, by their circumstances or by the threat of violence to focus on household or care giving. Better educated women tend to be healthier, earn higher incomes and participative. They enable better education for their children and better health care. All these factors combined can lift not only their households but also their communities and the nations out of poverty and social norms.
HEEALS is a Non Profit Organization which aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society. Poverty remains the most important factor for determining whether a girl can access an education. Studies show that girls who face multiple disadvantages such as low family income, living in remote areas or locations, disability due to belongingness to a minority group , are the farthest behind in terms of access to completion of education. These factors affect negatively in the access of education. Another example is Child Marriage which is also a critical challenge. Child brides are more likely to drop out of schools and look after the family. This affects the education and health of the children as well as their ability to earn a living. There are many reports showing that around 40000 girls under the age of 18 years get married every day. This should be put to an end to increase women’s expected education attainment and their earnings.
Every day Girls face barriers to education due to many reasons caused by poverty, cultural norms, poor infrastructure, and many more reasons we are unheard of. HEEALS with its volunteers and interns from different regions are working together with girls and women and through the medium of Documentary films and art is trying to create awareness among the masses about girl child education , menstrual hygiene , sanitation and safe drinking water and trying to relate how girl child education id also directly related to poor sanitation facilities, unsafe drinking water and lack of knowledge to obtain the same.
HEEALS relies on our generous sponsors and donors in order to be able to run our workshops and provide the facilities. If you are interested in providing financial support for our projects and workshops and to know more about projects like our ‘Pads for Girls’ project, please connect with firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also support girls in menstruation and eduaction by talking and creating awareness among them. Also, create awareness among your families, friends and neighbours.
Here at HEEALS, projects focus on Targeting boys and men to be a part of discussions about cultural and social practices and ending child/ early marriage and addressing violence against girls and women.
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