Despite progress, girls and women continue to be discriminated against in accessing education and within education systems. There are many reasons that prevent girls from going to school. Poverty, pregnancy, school-based violence, child marriage and discriminatory gender norms are some of the major obstacles to girls’ education. School fees, the threat of violence on the way to and in school, and the perceived benefits of girls’ domestic work also keep girls out-of-school. Pregnancy and child marriage cut short adolescent girls’ schooling before they have completed secondary school.

Macheo believes that educating a girl is one of the best investments her family, community, and country can make. We know that a good quality education can be life-changing for girls, boys, young women, and men, helping them develop to their full potential and putting them on a path for success in their life. We also know that educating a girl in particular can kick-start a virtuous circle of development. More educated girls, for example, marry later, have healthier children, earn more money that they invest back into their families and communities, and play more active roles in leading their communities and countries.

We support programs that offer girls the opportunity to improve their lives and contribute to positive change within their communities and wider society. By expanding educational opportunity in this way will be one fundamental building block in the creation of fairer societies – where human rights are respected, democracy is strengthened and widely-shared prosperity is achieved. Ensuring better quality and more equal school systems will be critical to reversing the income and wealth inequality that is doing so much damage to societies and undermining national prosperity.

On behalf of all our beneficiaries of this program we would like to express our gratitude for embarking this journey together with Macheo Children’s Centre.