ActionAid Girls' Clubs help girls stay in school
Girls who finish school are healthier, earn more, marry later and have fewer children. But every year, millions of girls are forced to leave school to get married, work or help with housework.
Girls’ Clubs offer a safe place for girls to learn and discover their rights – so that they can fight back against being married against their will, or subjected to abuse, like female genital mutilation (FGM).Trained by ActionAid, the girls are creating positive change within their communities. They go from door to door, telling parents what they have to gain by keeping their daughters in school.
For girls like Simon, ActionAid’s support has opened doors to a better life.
Girls' Clubs support girls in Nigeria
“The more girls we gather together, the more power we have,” declares Simon Abigail, 16-year-old secretary of Manchok Girls’ Club, set up by ActionAid. “I encourage girls to stay in school for longer. I want to tell politicians in Nigeria how important it is to educate girls.”
“There is one girl at school who gave birth to a baby girl and dropped out,” Simon recalls. “I went to speak to her family and now she’s returned to school and joined the Girls’ Club. When I think of her I am hopeful – but we need to keep campaigning.”
Working to end violence against girls
Walking for many miles to school every day, sometimes for 2-3 hours each way, leaves schoolgirls are at risk of attack – even rape or in extreme cases abduction, after which they can be forced into marriage or rejected by their families.
We campaign to end violence against girls, working with communities to create ways to report crimes easily and safely. To help girls get to school, ActionAid provides them with bicycles.
Helping girls get to school safely
For Carolina, an ActionAid bicycle is more than a fun way to get around.
‘My junior high school is a two-hour walk away from Ulkpong, where I live. Without a bicycle I would not be able to get to my lessons,” Carolina says. “Now I go to school every day and I’m doing well in class. I am determined to stay in school and go to training college so that I can become a teacher,” says Carolina with pride. “Thank you ActionAid for my bicycle!”
Disasters stop children from attending school
For many children, one of the impacts of a disaster is that they are no longer able to attend school, meaning that they miss out on a vital part of their education. ActionAid helps children to continue to learn. In Bangladesh, our shelters ensure schools continue during the monsoon.
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