While we provide uniforms for both boys and girls, we are deeply aware that the path out of poverty for girls is more challenging. Adherence to traditional gender roles (caring for siblings and household work), abuse, early marriage and pregnancy can delay or even derail a girl’s path to reaching her potential and achieving her dreams.
Most of our partners provide their female students with hygiene products and offer empowerment classes that address the various social emotional challenges girls face. Together, these provisions are decreasing the absentee rate for girls. To accompany these efforts, we provide underwear and sports bras (to the older girls) to lessen the daily barriers most girls face when attending school. In addition to being a matter of dignity, girls without proper undergarments are still more likely to miss school during their menstrual cycles and were teased by classmates for not having bras.
Tailored for Education was founded by two girls (now women) who were able to follow their dreams and we want the same for our students.
We work in South Sudan, which is known as the hardest place in the world for girls to receive an education
In sub-Saharan Africa, women with no education have 6.7 births, on average. The figure falls to 5.8 for those with primary education and to 3.9, for those with secondary education.
The latest figures from UNESCO (2019) show that 52 million girls are not in school in Africa, while 4 million will never step into a classroom, compared to 2 million boys.