newHorizons is a girl empowerment program.We empower girls through personal education and by teaching them English language skills.
Our main impacted group is young marginalized girls aged between 12 to 17 years old, who are not allowed to continue their education after 8th and 9th grade because of a combination of social, cultural and financial reasons.
In order to create awareness about the importance of the education we are arranging workshops in different fields such as mindset, global mindset, leadership, entrepreneurship and etc.
Empowering women, means empowering over 50 percent of the population.
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO IMPROVE GIRLS’ ACCESS TO EDUCATION?
According to UNICEF, experience in scores of countries shows the importance, among other things, of:
1. Parental and community involvement — Families and communities must be important partners with schools in developing curriculum and managing children’s education.
2. Low-cost and flexible timetables — Basic education should be free or cost very little. Where possible, there should be stipends and scholarships to compensate families for the loss of girls’ household labour. Also, school hours should be flexible so children can help at home and still attend classes.
3. Schools close to home, with women teachers — Many parents worry about girls travelling long distances on their own. Many parents also prefer to have daughters taught by women.
4. Preparation for school — Girls do best when they receive early childhood care, which enhances their self-esteem and prepares them for school.
5.Relevant curricula — Learning materials should be relevant to the girl’s background and be in the local language. They should also avoid reproducing gender stereotypes.
Too many girls and women are still held back by social norms and traditional school practices influencing their educational right and opportunities. But we know that their education is the most powerful investment to make for our collective future.
I personally believe that education changes lives. A good education can boost quality of life and open doors to a better future. It can give girls the life skills they need in order to know and claim their rights.