What is International Day of the Girl Child?
The International Day of the Girl Child was created by the United Nations in 2012 to focus attention on the challenges girls face, to promote girls’ empowerment and protect their human rights.
All girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during the critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. Te-Kworo Foundation’s key priority and focus for the last 18 years has been to empower young girls and women through access to education for vulnerable girls in the Acholi sub region.
The harsh realities of girls living in Northern Uganda
Access to education for girls in Northern Uganda continues to be an area that is deeply troubling, due to barriers such as poverty, teenage pregnancies, early marriages, and the negative perception of parents towards girl child education. In some families, girls are expected to help with household chores, affecting school attendance. The closure of schools due to the pandemic has resulted in a high percentage of teenage pregnancy and early marriages. Early into the lockdown, the Ugandan media was awash with reports of child neglect and abuse – physical, sexual, and psychological. Reports on the impact of COVID- 19 on school-age girls and young women in Uganda between March 2020 and June 2021 show that there was a 22.5 per cent increase in pregnancy among girls aged 10 to 24 and the incidence of young girls seeking first time antenatal care increased from 80,653 to 98,810.
Why educating girls is a sustainable solution.
Te-Kworo’s mission is to SECURE A FUTURE FOR AFRICAN GIRLS through education,maternal health and social protection. In education, we do this , through our two boarding school campuses in Pader and Nwoya, bringing hope to girls who have been excluded from school through their parents’ poverty, teenage pregnancy or early marriage. We believe there is more to school than book learning, and that these girls can also acquire the self-confidence and life skills needed for a better future. We believe in educating girls because when girls are educated:
- They lift up their families, their communities, and their countries.
- Every single year of a girl’s education reduces the mortality rate of her children.
- Educated girls have lower maternal mortality rates and are more likely to immunize their children.
- They are also less likely to contract malaria and HIV.
- An educated woman is less likely to be a victim of domestic abuse and less likely to be married as a child
- If and when she chooses to become a mother, she is more likely to have healthier children who receive more education.
How do I get involved?
Prior to the third wave of COVID 19 and recent school closures, the team had gathered 150 girls back to the two Kworo boarding schools in Pader and Nwoya after 10 months of closure, with a further 50 expected to follow. The pandemic has severely impacted family income, so most of these girls were on a half or full scholarship. We are thankful for your partnership which made these scholarships possible.
Our goal through this International Day Of The Girl Child campaign is to get an additional 50 girls back to school on full scholarships. A full year scholarship costs $600.
Please partner with us.