The Bright Futures Campaign
The Bright Futures campaign aims to raise £10,000 for essential education and schools projects run by Plan International UK. Plan International UK is a children's charity that has been supporting vulnerable children for over 75 years. Helping children move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity Plan work in many areas including; emergency and famine relief, health and sanitation, economic empowerment, as well as education. All the monies given through our Hope Bright Futures campaign is being ring-fenced exclusively for children's education projects.
Below are four great examples of the projects Plan are working on right now, the sort of projects Hope will be supporting with our latest mission.
Plan International UK is one of 13 charities that work with the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), providing solutions on the ground.
For more about Plan International UK please visit their website.
Teacher training for 275 female teachers in Sierra Leone
The majority of boys and girls in Sierra Leone now enrol in primary school. However, by the start of secondary school, 73% of girls are missing from their place in the classroom.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that girls respond better to – and are best motivated by – female teachers. In rural communities, women make up just 16% of primary school teachers and 8% of secondary school teachers. Girls coping with issues including early marriage, pregnancy or feelings of vulnerability have few places to turn.
However, Sierra Leone has just two universities and two teacher training colleges. With large rural areas and poor roads, these facilities are out of reach for much of the population. To attend classes, women not only need to have completed school (85% of girls in Sierra Leone do not complete secondary school) but also be in a position to pay college fees. Even if young women can afford to take on study, families are often reluctant to allow them to live away from home, as secure housing is not always available, putting women at risk.
To address this issue, Plan International are supporting 275 young women to complete a three-year distance education teacher training course. This is the first time a distance learning model is being used in Sierra Leone, and will include young women from five of the poorest rural districts of the country; Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Moyamba and Port Loko.
Transforming the lives of girls in Kamuli, Uganda
In the Kamuli district of Uganda, the female literacy rate is just 55%. Less than a third of girls who go to high school graduate from their studies, as opposed to nearly half of boys.
Girls face great challenges to stay in school. Although the Ugandan government introduced free schooling in 2007, the cost of uniforms, transport, books, stationary and school lunches are all borne by families. When a families resources are limited, girls often lose out. Families may not recognise a girls equal right to education with her brothers, or girls may be kept at home to take up work. If they do go to school, they're vulnerable to harassment or violence on their journey. Once they reach puberty, girls have to find the resources to manage their periods, or else stay home. Worse still, they can be considered as ready for marriage, and not be allowed to continue their education at all.
Plan International belives that all girls have the right to a quality education. To enable the girls of Kamuli to overcome the barriers which prevent them from receiving an education, Plan International have established a project across 20 secondary schools in the district. This project will directly reach 4000 girls aged 13-18, enabling them to enroll in and complete a quality secondary education.
Helping Children in Pakistan get an Education
In Pakistan, an estimated 25 million children aged 5-16 years aren’t in school. The situation is worse for girls, who only complete around three years of schooling on average, compared to six years for boys. The main reason for girls dropping out is parents’ unwillingness for them to continue their education. Yet Plan International knows that educating girls helps families and whole communities. Widespread and targeted action is needed to show parents the value of educating their daughters in Pakistan, where 45% of people are living in poverty. More widely, schools need better facilities, teachers and management to ensure all children can make the most of their time in class.
Plan International UK is working across two districts of central and northern Pakistan to help ensure that more children – particularly girls – can get an education. Plan aim to reach 49 schools across Muzaffargarh and Islamabad districts with improvements and training to increase enrolment and retention rates. They will also work with the local communities to raise awareness of the importance of sending girls to school.
Providing vital education for Syrian child refugees in Alexandria, Egypt
The latest estimate by UNHCR is that nearly 1 in 3 Syrian refugee children do not attend school. The conflict in Syria has driven over 10 million people to leave their homes to seek a safer place to live. 300,000 Syrian refugees are currently living in Egypt, many in poor and overcrowded conditions, unable to meet their basic needs. The large influx of people is putting enormous pressure on an already fragile infrastructure.
It is children who face the greatest challenges. Refugee children are permitted to attend Egyptian schools, but families are left to meet the costs themselves. Many refugee families struggle even to pay for food and shelter, and simply cannot afford the extra cost to send their children to school. Those whose parents can afford to pay often struggle to keep up with lessons and face hostility from local children. As a result refugee children are increasingly dropping out of school and missing out on their education.
In response to this desperate need, Plan International has established a project in Alexandria which gives refugee children the chance to stay in school, make the most of a stable routine, have chances to play and socialise, and continue their education.
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The projects shown above are a great indication of the sorts of projects run by Plan International. All the money from our first £10,000 mission is ring-fenced specifically for educational and school projects run by Plan International UK. Sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed about which projects the monies we give are going to and find out what difference it makes.
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