Empowerment Through Education
There is no question or debate on the importance of girls’ education. Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power — of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead. This is not a luxury. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women establish it as a basic human right (http://www.unicef.org/sowc96/ngirls.htm).
ETE ( Empowerment Through Education) program provides educational support to 217 ex-bonded girls and their siblings within a relatively safe home environment in Dang Deukhuri region through the funding support of IWEN, Canada. We achieved this through these interventions; providing tuition in weak subjects, bicycle allocation to those who pass grade 7, discussion and counseling of students’ issues, providing health care when necessary and motivating their mothers through the education of life skills in monthly meetings. Education helps girls and women know their rights and gain the confidence to claim them. However, although girls’ literacy rate in Nepal is growing, it is still far from being satisfactory.
Besides, schooling supports, our field staffs do the counseling, carrier guidance and motivate them for further education.
Despite many efforts to improve the educational success of our students in the government schools of their areas, we saw no improvement in their marks. In collaboration with the IWEN board, Creating Possibilities Nepal shifted 127 students to four modest Private English Schools. Before doing so, field staffs verified the success of these private schools. Guardians were also requesting this shift because of the continual deterioration of the government school educational instruction. As per IWEN’s policy to not develop dependency in its beneficiaries, CP Nepal requested that the parents buy their daughters’ school bag, shoes and lunch.