Hungry To Learn
All children are hungry to learn, but not every child has an opportunity to go to school. Children in the world's poorest countries, especially girls, often face daunting barriers to education.
As the oldest daughter of a poor family in a rural Indian community, Laxmi was destined to do housework, watch after her younger siblings and marry at age 14. But she knew she was worth more than that.
Slashing Drop-out Rates
Munni starts each day before sunrise, fetching buckets from a polluted stream for her family. See how AFIFA is helping her get the education she needs to put her on a path to a brighter future.
Overcoming the Barriers
Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education.
AFIFA implements gender-synchronized approaches: projects may begin with identifying and addressing the unique barriers that keep girls out of school, while at the same time working with boys and men to help identify and address such barriers. Other projects may engage both girls and boys from inception, to build equitable environments through which all students can learn, thrive and grow.
The Barrier of Affording School Uniforms, Books, ETC
Many girls miss out on an education because they can't afford the uniforms, books, etc required to attend school.
The Barrier of Child Marriage
Girls are entering into early marriages at an alarming rate. They are often married early to alleviate their family's financial burden, far before they are ready for marriage physically and mentally. Learn more by watching the video below.
The Barrier of Workload
AFIFA's research studies identified that girls can have six times higher domestic workloads than boys their same age. As a result, girls often miss class and/or arrive late to school, missing critical learning hours.
The Barrier of Social Status
Because girls generally have a lower social status than their brothers, their education is valued less. When resources are scarce, and there are both real and opportunity costs associated with going to school, many families opt to educate their boys over their girls.
The Barrier of Language
Girls can often be discouraged from attending school because classes may be taught in a different language than families use at home. This video documents the opportunities opened up for one girl through AFIFA's programs in Bahadurganj.
The Barrier of Violence
Safety remains a critical barrier for girls to attend school. If the journey to school and the school environment are not safe, parents will not enroll their daughters, and girls will not attend.
The Barrier of Conflict
Education can be a life-saving resource that reestablishes a vulnerable child's sense of normalcy and builds self-esteem and hope for the future. Many experts consider education an essential humanitarian response to complex emergencies, closely following food, water and shelter.