It is a well known fact that literacy is one of the key advantages that countries in the West have over poor developing countries. It has been identified that one of the major barriers to economic development in Third World countires is the lack of access to education in general.
Young girls who aspire to gain a secondary education face multiple disadvantages in an environment where even today, boys are given priority – not only in society – but also within families.
There are many NGOs and Charitable Trusts that deliver projects with the aim of improving availability of institutions and spaces for education, but practical support to improve access is rare.
Girls of secondary school age may have opportunities for secondary education, but access is prevented due to lack of finances to buy uniforms, books, the cost of travel and sustenance. Families rely on the income that girls generate from a very young age, which means they are reluctant to jeopordise this income by sending their girls to school.
Our aim is to help young girls in Sylhet, Bangladesh, by providing better access to secondary education, and a chance of completing their studies to a reasonable level. We will be helping them with study bursaries to subsidise their needs for uniforms, stationary and travel costs.
Daughters in Bangladesh are not generally given priority over sons in families, particularly where money is tight. Families, including the girls themselves, sacrifice their education to facilitate the sons.
We want to address this inequality, by promoting the long-term advantages to Bangladesh commnunities, that come from improving opportunities for girls. Practical support for girls of secondary education age to access higher level education and the value of increased literacy and educational attainment will be demonstrated through their ability to help their families access and put into practice advice on healthy living and civic rights, as well as improving their chances for gaining meaningful employment.
A particular advantage of our work will be in facilitating involvement in the programmes that NGOs from around the world aim to deliver in Bangladesh. In doing this our aims and objectives will not only contribute to the future of girls, women and disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh, but will also positively contribute to the success of major international NGOs who strive to improve the life chances of poor Bangladeshi communities through health, education and nutrition programmes.
The stage is being set, now we have to be prepared to play our part in the story.