Peer-to-Peer Education Campaign
Uganda has the highest school dropout rate in East Africa. Girls are particularly impacted in times of poverty, when their education is sacrificed and the cycle of poverty begins. Often when girls reach puberty, they leave school to marry or contribute to the household by assisting with tasks such as farming and water collection. This problem is compounded by a lack of access to reproductive health information and materials. When women are educated they are more likely to find employment, have a higher income and invest in their family’s future. And it only costs $100 to fund a girl’s entire high school education!
Through this program we fund girls schooling as well as equip women with information on health and life skills who then share their learning with classmates. The program also funds materials such as pencils, pens and exercise books for girls whose families cannot afford scholastic materials, as well as hygiene supplies so girls won’t feel the need to stay at home during their menstrual cycle. The peer-to-peer education program is based in schools that currently or are willing to participate in Roots & Shoots. This helps to build youth leaders who have the skills and tools to initiate community projects to help people, animals and the environment.
Before the introduction of JGI’s peer-to-peer education program, in most schools an average of 20 girls completed grade seven. With the introduction of the program, now an average of 35 girls attend grade seven in each school. A large portion of the program’s success is due to its work to educate parents about the benefits of girls’ education. Thanks to the peer program, young women have also learned that education is their right and are more confident and motivated to assert their right to go to school.