In many developing countries millions of children do not go to school. There are no schools in their villages, there are not enough trained teachers available and parents have no money to pay for school fees, uniforms and materials. With limited resources, parents often decide to send their boys to school while girls are tasked to help with household chores.
Every child has the right to education. Period. Investing in girls’ education creates a ripple effect: educated girls make informed decisions about their maternal health, delay motherhood, raise fewer and healthier children and will make sure they receive a quality education. The result: wealthier families and communities.
We work with individuals, families, teachers, communities, governments, local partners and advocacy groups to create powerful education initiatives that are crucial to fighting poverty.
Through our support girls begin to transform their lives. They learn more than simply to read and write: they learn to respect themselves. And their parents change too. Many women formerly believed that girls were best suited for housework and other chores but CARE has collected evidence that this attitude is changing. After witnessing their daughters’ newly discovered confidence and abilities, fathers are allowing greater mobility for daughters, and boys have also become advocates for their sisters. The empowerment of girls is truly empowering for entire families.