“Education is not preparation for life; education is like itself!” John Dewey
Educate African Girls (EAG) is an initiative of Develop Africa - set up to give focus and attention to promoting the education of girls in Africa. All girls, regardless of the circumstances to which they were born, have the right to a quality education. A quality education provides the foundation for an individual to realize his or her dreams. It is belief of EAG that all girls have dreams; thus, EAG is providing girls in Africa the opportunity to live their dreams.
In Africa, over twenty-four million girls do not attend primary school, and boys outnumber girls in school attendance by at least 8 percent. And of those girls who do enroll, 9 percent more of them drop out before the end of the sixth grade than boys.1 Read More About "Why Girls?"
According to the World Bank, “The inter-linkages between gender inequalities, economic growth and poverty are the main reasons why girls’ education is a smart investment.” EAG believes that the best investment we can make is in the human mind.
Education is instrumental in the development of a young girl's values and virtues. It cultivates children into mature individuals, individuals capable of planning for their futures and making the right decisions. More educated women also tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and lift households out of poverty.
UNICEF calls the lack of education “life threatening” for girls in countries in the throes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Among uneducated girls in Africa, 40 percent know nothing about AIDS, but that figure dwindles to 8 percent among women who have completed post-primary schooling.1
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Gilbert Chesterton
It is no secret that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, and educating African girls will have a positive impact on the future of Africa, and thus, a positive impact on the world.
- Carol Bellamy, “Statement on the Launch of the Girls Education Movement, “ Uganda, August 15, 2001. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_speeches2003.html
Develop Africa is proud to have been selected to participate in Globalgiving's Girl Effect Challenge running from October 15 to November 15th, 2011.
This challenge involves the following:
- - Become one of top 6 organizations to obtain donations to our project through GlobalGiving's site
- - Donations must be made between October 15 and November 15
- - By becoming one of the top 6, we will be guaranteed $25,000 over the next calendar year (2012). This is huge!
Our Facebook page is up and running and we invite you to visit, "like" this page and invite your friends to do likewise. Thanks for your support! Go to EAG's Facebook page
Develop Africa (a 501c3 non-profit organization registered in USA) has a proven success rate establishing meaningful and sustainable development in Africa. In keeping with our commitment to the security and growth of all Africa’s people our latest initiative, Educate African Girls, seeks to ensure that all girls receive the education they need to break the chains of poverty and create meaningful and lasting change in some of Africa’s most impoverished regions.
Your support of this mission will help our team of experts provide computer training, scholarships, books, school supplies and support girls through sponsorships. Donations of all sizes will help empower girls throughout the continent to move toward a healthy and secure future.
Truly, every little bit helps. Just $60 will provide an entire day of computer training for a class of girls girl entering the workforce. Your gift of $100 will help cover a girls’ tuition, school related costs and supplies for a year. A monthly pledge of any size will help us expand our efforts and reach out to more girls and communities in need.
Can’t make a financial donation? For ideas on how to donate your time and talent as a collection coordinator or volunteer see our Get Involved Page. Or, join our Facebook page to receive regular updates on our work and help spread word of our mission.
Together we can empower Africa’s girls by providing the tools and skills they need to create better lives for themselves, their families and their entire communities.