65 million girls of primary and secondary school age are kept out of the classrooms. Without proper education, women are unable to support themselves. They lack the skills necessary to improve their own health, make proper decisions for their overall well being, and advance their employment and leadership prospects. Consequently, they are unable to contribute productively as members of their communities.
of illiterate people in the world are female.
Young women make up
of those not completeing primary school.
Established in 2012 as the Women’s Network for Development and Educational and Resources (WONDER), Wonder Foundation is dedicated to empowering vulnerable people through education. They work with locally-led partners around the world to help women, girls and their families access the education and support they need to exit poverty, for good. Their approach to solving female education issues are unique:
Local women can and must lead the way when it comes to escaping poverty through education. That’s why we work with partners as equals, assisting them as much as possible on their own terms.
They work for real, long-term change
Real change takes time – whether it’s personal, professional, or community-wide. That’s why students in our partner projects receive mentoring to make sure that they are able to complete their education and fulfil their potential.
They believe that good work can end poverty
Employment with good pay, conditions and prospects, is an essential part of making sure education truly transforms people’s lives.
PROVIDE BUSINESS TRAINING TO WOMEN IN GUATEMALA
Many local residents have moved into Guatemala city to escape natural disasters and poverty in rural areas. However, rebuilding a life in a new city with high poverty and unemployment rates is a struggle as opportunities are scarce. In the Junkabal center, they offer certified short courses (5 months) that provide local women the skills they need to start small businesses, ranging from hair and beauty to business skills. Through Junkabal, women are empowered to enter better and safer employment and help their families break out of the cycle of poverty.
PROVIDE SEWING CLASSES FOR WOMEN
Coming from marginalised backgrounds in remote areas and having experienced child marriage and early motherhood, many women in New Delhi and Gurgaon had to leave education early and live with their in-laws and are expected to take care for them all. This gives them little chance for any self-advancement or independence. By obtaining a certificate in tailoring and machine embroidery and even attending advanced classes to enhance their skill-set, they will be able to obtain financial independence and status within their families.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
On 25 September 2015, world leaders convened to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They represent the global community’s next step in ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change for the next 15 years. The projects from Children Change Colombia contribute to 3 of these goals. Click on the goals to find out more.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
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