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Education For Vulnerable Girls In Uganda

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Adolescent girls (age group of 10-19) are a vital section of Uganda's Population, and Their Education, Empowerment and protection has a broad ranging effects. Adolescent girls represent 51% of the total adolescent population and this is approximately 4.3million in number unfortunately according to t... Read More

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Adolescent girls (age group of 10-19) are a vital section of Uganda's Population, and Their Education, Empowerment and protection has a broad ranging effects. Adolescent girls represent 51% of the total adolescent population and this is approximately 4.3million in number unfortunately according to the 2018 Education Mono report by the Uganda Bureau of statistics it indicates that 38% of the total adolescents are enrolled for secondary education are girls ,6.9% of the enrolled complete o'level and drop out, only 3.3% are able to join A'level and only 1.7% join university. The united Nations Girls Education Initiative reported that around half of the adolescent girls are illiterate and four in five girls do not attend high school.

Most girls cannot stay in school or enroll for secondary education due to different barriers such as;

  1. Due to the high poverty rates,girls are usually expected to work as a way to increase family's income and so they are not able to attend school. 
  2. The negative cultural or traditional male dominated society and misconceptions dictate that girls can be married in exchange of dowry, a sum of money given to the girls family as payment.In some areas girls are actively discouraged from attending school.
  3. Uneducated girls make unhealthy choices and are highly likely susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases as well as other health complications.Health issues put girls at a risk of not continuing their education
  4. Young girls are most vulnerable to trafficking when they are uneducated and poor.

Why should you support or invest in Girls education

  1. Reduced infant mortality:Children of educated women are less likely to die before their first birthday. “Primary education alone helps reduce infant mortality significantly, and secondary education helps even more                          
  2. Safe Sex: A girl who completes primary school is three times less likely to contract HIV. With these statistics in mind, The World Bank calls education a “window of hope” in preventing the spread of AIDS among today’s children.                                                                                                                                                          
  3. Increased political representation:Educated girls grow into empowered women who are more likely to participate in political discussions, meetings, and decision-making, which in turn promotes a more representative, effective government.                                                                                                                                
  4. Later marriages:Child marriage – in some cases involving girls as young as 12 or 15 – almost always results in the end of a girl’s schooling. The result is illiterate or barely literate young mothers without adequate tools to build healthy, educated families. On average, for every year a girl stays in school past fifth grade, her marriage is delayed a year.Educated girls typically marry later when they are better able to bear and care for their children.         
  5.    Thriving GDP: Gross domestic product also soars when both girls and boys are being offered educational opportunities. When 10 percent more women attend school, GDP increases by three percent on average.                                             
  6. Poverty Reduction: When girls are provided with equal rights and equal access to education, they go on to participate in business and economic activity. Increased earning power and income combat against current and future poverty through feeding, clothing and providing for entire families.

Why Girls?

While all adolescents—both boys and girls—are entitled accessing education, girls face disproportionate risks and distinctive consequences from the vulnerabilities experienced and play a crucial role in breaking the inter generational cycle of poverty and driving a country’s development forward. Young girls are more likely than their male peers to drop out of school, to marry at an early age, and to bear the brunt of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

There is clear and compelling evidence that investments in girls have broad and positive impacts. Through their labor force participation, fertility choices, and health, girls can play a pivotal role in breaking the inter generational transmission of poverty and shaping a country’s development. Investments in education and employment opportunities for girls lead to greater economic contributions from this largely untapped segment of the potential workforce.

Investments in girls’ education and economic empowerment have also proven effective in improving health outcomes. The importance of girls’ health has implications not only for themselves but for future generations. Girls with higher levels of education make better sexual and reproductive health decisions. Investments in delaying marriage and reducing childbearing have effects on reducing population growth, and increasing age at first birth reduces health risk. Girls who are healthier and those with greater education are more likely to have fewer and healthier babies. Research has shown that children born to younger mothers have greater risks of mortality before the age of five and of being stunted or underweight.


We therefore call upon you to join us in the campaign of educating the Girl Child to be specific the'' Vulnerable and High risk girls in Uganda.''

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Education For Vulnerable Girls In Uganda

Racheal Lucky Tusiime, on behalf of

African Women and Girls Organisation For Total Knowledge-Uganda

Education For Vulnerable Girls in Uganda Campaign is an initiative by Non-Profit organisation in Uganda called African Women and Girls Organisation For Total Knowledge-Uganda with the aim of raising $70,000 to facilitate the enrollment of one hundred vulnerable girls to boarding secondary schools.

Racheal Lucky Tusiime

Racheal Lucky Tusiime is a marketing and communications consultant currently working with African Women and Girls Organisation For Total Knowledge Uganda as a Programs Coordinator She is very passionate about protecting educating and empowering young girls to create a bigger positive impact in Uganda

INTERNATIONAL: Kampala , UG

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