WGEP organizes outreach programs to rural villages, working with parents, village leaders and other residents to promote the benefits of educating girls and change underlying attitudes towards this goal. A key component of WGEP’s strategy is working with communities to influence the value placed on educating girls. With greater appreciation for the positive outcomes of education for girls, communities are more willing to support their daughters in school and to celebrate their academic successes.
Parent Workshops cover topics such as skills for effective communication between parents and daughters, and how to create a home environment that is supportive of daughters’ educations. The workshops also provide guidance on basic responsibilities of working with the daughters’ schools, such as returning books after girls finish their courses; reminding daughters to wear their school uniforms to meetings and during the tuition period; policies for girls with phones at school; guidelines for transferring a girl from one school to another; and more. Parents are also advised to keep track of their daughters’ grades from one term to the next.
Community Leaders’ Meetings discuss with men and women how best to lead in their communities. Topics cover the qualities of a leader and the roles, responsibilities and challenges that come with being a leader. The meetings also cover the benefits of girls’ education and the facts of Female Genital Mutilation, which helps prepare adults to educate others in their community on these topics.
Get-Together Parties bring parents and daughters together with a facilitator to discuss ways parents can be supportive of their daughters’ educations. Parents are also advised on how to handle disciplining their daughters. Girls are encouraged to work hard in school to earn better grades and create a brighter future for themselves. Parents are also informed on adult education opportunities.
- Our community awareness programs are offered in 58 schools and 65 villages, and they impact over 3,500 people each year.
- A notable change in attitude has emerged among community members in favor of girls’ education.