Access to education for many girls around the world is difficult. Poverty only compounds the problem, leaving millions of girls desperate to learn but without access to a place at school. A quality education, which includes a focus on science and technology, helps children towards better employment opportunities and a more productive, poverty free future, so it is a a vital part of the education that we provide to the children in all our programmes around the world. We focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) training and this is provided equally to boys and girls.
Education for girls is a priority for us. Helping to address the huge inequality and lack of access to education girls face around the world and empowering them for the future (UNSDG5). In Tanzania, for example, 5.1 million children are estimated to be out of secondary school and girls form the largest percentage of this. They face more barriers to education than boys, such as child marriage, early pregnancy, and traditional attitudes towards gender roles in the home and, when in school, they can face bias within education – access to traditionally male dominated subjects like STEM may be out of their grasp.
Our latest school in Tanzania provides teaching in science and technology to the poorest children who have come into our care. Learning these new skills brings new hope and opportunities to the girls like Mercedes who now dreams of becoming a doctor. After seeing her mother lose a child in childbirth, Mercedes became determined to study so that she could become a doctor and help provide healthcare to the poorest and most marginalised people in Tanzania. With the education she is currently receiving at Kisarawe Girls School, she will be able to realise her dream. Her favourite subject is physics and she loves the challenge of learning this new subject.
Eva, our student from the girls’ school in Honduras, always wanted to use her passion for physics and mathematics to make a difference in her community. In 2019, after finishing school with us she was accepted to Honduras’ finest agricultural university, Zamorano University, on a full scholarship thanks to the education she received in Tegucigalpa.
For the girls who receive a free education in our programmes, this access to STEM subjects is vital for them to achieve their dreams, and help redress the imbalance in women in STEM fields. By offering disadvantaged girls STEM education, we are directly addressing generations of gender inequality and giving them equal opportunity to thrive.
Mt Iztaccíhuatl Expedition Updates
In December 2024, Enrique climbs Mt Iztaccíhuatl. You can read his updates on training and preparing for the expedition here
In September 2023, the UN reviewed its progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over October, we reflected on how we work towards these goals within our programmes providing our children with the opportunities to escape from poverty and thrive.
Tanzania programme visit 2023
In September, Nicola and Carey from the World Villages team travelled to Tanzania for the inauguration of the new boys’ school in Dodoma. It will serve to educate some of the most impoverished boys in Tanzania.