The UN Initiative to Educate Girls Around the World
The work we do here at Growth Through Learning is in line with the United Nations Girl's Education Initiative. A decade ago, the United Nations and supporting institutions identified the problem of gender inequality in schools as a crucial factor in preventing development in impoverished and war-torn areas of our world. This summer, the UN released a short film titled To Educate A Girl that looks at the challenges facing girls and young women in such areas. The film features a young student in Uganda,one of the countries in which GTL works. If you have not heard before about the issues facing female students in developing countries, this free film is a good introduction. Watch To Educate A Girl on TeachUnicef's page and then come back to our page and learn more about the unique approach that Growth Through Learning takes to this global issue.
The Crucial Gap in Secondary Schools
Unlike many programs, GTL focuses its tuition dollars on supporting young women attending secondary school. This means that we must spend more tuition per student than those who fund primary education and that we reserve only a small part of our funding for university or vocational school scholarships. But we believe that secondary school education is crucial if we are to make a real difference in the lives of individual students and in the futures of their villages and their nations. Find out why secondary school is of critical importance for girls and young women in East Africa.
We are in the process of adding all of our new and graduated students for 2013 to our "Students" page. Check in and click on a student's name to send her a note of congratulations and support. And keep checking back--we have many more students for you to meet! Congratulations go to Mercy Wanjiku Nungari from Central Kenya. Mercy recently completed her training at Outspan Medical and was admitted to Thika Medical to continue her studies. We are happy to continue our support for her. We also want to offer a special congratulations to Sikuku Esther, a young woman who traveled all of the way from her village in Karamoja to Central Uganda to attend boarding school and then took the school by storm. Sikuku Esther placed first of the 96 students in her senior one "class" at St. Kizito's. Well done!
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