International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

WOMEN'S GLOBAL EDUCATION PROJECT

  • Oak Park, IL
  • http://womensglobal.org/

Mission Statement

Women's Global Education Project (WGEP) believes that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and to develop training programs that empower women and girls to build better lives and foster equitable communities.

Main Programs

  1. Sisters to School
  2. Our Sisters Read
Service Areas

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International

We serve communities in the rural Tharaka region of Kenya, and the rural Fatick region of Senegal.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

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Amy Maglio

Keywords

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girl's, women, education, development, Africa, rural, community development, grassroots

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Also Known As

Women's Global Education Project

EIN

32-0082340

 Number

2165488598

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Education and investment in human potential are the best ways to achieve economic and social development
Grassroots initiatives and local activism are agents for positive global social change
Women possess innate capabilities and motivation to be leaders in their communities
Women have important knowledge that should be shared across borders
Access to education, information and training is fundamental to women realizing their full capabilities
Sustainable development cannot be achieved without women's active participation in social, economic and political decision-making.

In 2016 our program "Sisters to School" impacted over 8,000 people in Senegal and Kenya.
Our Alternative Rights of Passage program has helped over 1,700 rural Kenyan girls and their families abandon the deeply rooted tradition of FGM/C.
Our program has been recognized by government and education officials in both Senegal and Kenya for the outstanding performance of our scholars in the classroom.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sisters to School

Our "Sisters to School" program operates in both Kenya and Senegal, and helps more girls enroll in school by providing need-based elementary school scholarships for girls whose families are not able to send them to school because of lack of funds.
We also help more girls stay in school by providing secondary school scholarships to girls who finish elementary school, as well as providing mentoring and after-school tutoring for both our scholars and other girls whose families can afford tuition but need extra help with exam preparation to pass rigorous grade-level exams.
 In addition, we help break down barriers that prevent girls from receiving and completing their education.  We achieve this through such activities as:    * promoting community awareness in rural villages on the importance of girls’ education and women’s rights     * providing literacy classes for adult women to help them support their daughters in school in Kenya    * hosting health trainings and providing mosquito nets and health supplies to prevent malaria and other health-related school absences    * combating harmful social practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation that prevent girls from seeking and completing their education        * training local teachers and school administrators so they can get their certification, gain higher wages and pension, and increase their spheres of influence and opportunities to set education policies and affect change on a larger basis    * organizing empowerment workshops to help women and girls believe in their ability to build the future of their choice

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Our Sisters Read

Our Sisters Read engages and supports primary-aged school children, their families and communities to create and strengthen a culture of reading while reducing the gender gap in gender and education.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Women's Global Education Project (WGEP) believes that universal education, gender equality, and the empowerment of girls and women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to empower young people in rural areas of Senegal and Kenya, particularly women and girls, through education to build better lives and foster equitable communities. Through our Community Mobilization Model (CMM), WGEP addresses the education needs of girls from marginalized families through a comprehensive approach that engages entire communities. WGEP collaborates with locally-based organizations that lack the financial resources to implement or expand a program on their own and builds their local capacity to promote girls' education and literacy. This approach ensures that the program is community-led and community-focused. WGEP's partners possess strong relationships with community leaders and a deep and essential understanding of local politics, protocol, and people.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Based on the qualitative data (random sampling and surveying) in the service areas conducted to improve retention, a range of strategies have been developed to address retention and success in school, including:
    --Full scholarships for tuition, school fees, supplies, tutoring, mentoring, and room and board if necessary;
    --Partial scholarships for girls already enrolled in school but need assistance with school supplies and after-school tutoring;
    --Adult literacy classes to help women support their daughters in school;
    --Health education for scholars and their families to prevent health-related absences and promote healthier living practices;
    --Educators' training to strengthen the ranks of women teachers, build their capacity, earning potential and status in the community, and strengthen their capacity to affect policy issues on a broader level;
    --“Molding Clubs" for girls and boys to positively influence the next generation's views and perceptions on girls' education and women's rights;
    --Community Awareness programs for parents, village leaders and other residents toward building continued and broadening support for girls' education;
    --Empowerment programs, including an alternative “rite of passage" program to combat female genital mutilation and help girls, to equip women and their families with the tools and agency needed to make the most informed choices possible for the future.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The WGEP model was chosen as a “Best Practice" in girls' education for the Sisters to School program at the 2010 UNGEI global conference in Dakar. In 2014, WGEP was awarded a 4-year cooperative agreement with USAID, which builds on its success and significant experience to implement Our Sisters Read, (OSR) which focuses on literacy, quality education and learning outcomes of elementary school students in Senegal. Since 2004, WGEP girls' education and literacy programs have impacted over 8,000 individuals in 65 of the most impoverished communities in Senegal and Kenya.

    Program Impact:
    OSR Senegal
    --Creation of mobile libraries and computer labs providing access to high quality learning materials and resources to over 2000 students in rural villages
    --8,000 students participating in engaging reading activities that build students' enthusiasm and confidence in reading
    --Creation of teachers guide and training program for 200 teachers
    --After-school tutoring for 680 students in 52 schools
    --Adult literacy for over 1,500 individuals in 35 villages
    --Community meetings reaching over 5,000 people in 35 villages
    Sisters to School
    --Awarded over 4,000 scholarships creating access and retention in school to marginalized rural girls in Senegal and Kenya
    --90% retention rate and fewer health-related absences over the past 6 years
    --Over 1,700 young women refused genital cutting through our Alternative Rite of Passage program in Kenya
    --Over 200 young men have taken part in the ARP program, supporting their female peers and receiving safe male circumcision
    --Measurable change in attitude and support towards girls' education and women's rights in over 65 villages in Kenya and Senegal
    Building on the success of OSR Senegal, WGEP recently launched OSR Kenya. In its first year the program is building the foundational reading skills of 1,800 rural primary school students at 4 target schools through a mobile lending library and the creation of engaging reading activities. Utilizing WGEP's proven CMM, we are creating communities that value, encourage and support primary school students'reading skills and girls' education to promote educational success and gender equality.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Continuous program evaluation is critical. The program has evolved to include a unique combination of interventions addressing multiple obstacles to girls' education. We continue to assess these strategies on the ground, fine-tune our program, adding or adjusting as necessary. WGEP's evaluation methodology is organic and responsive. WGEP is engaged in a community-oriented, nimble program structure that encourages flexibility in the approach to design interventions and changes necessitated by circumstances as they arise. Programs have endured the ethnic violence in Kenya, the concurrent drought in Kenya, and dramatic fluctuation in pricing of commodities in both countries due to the worldwide economic crisis. The research draws on narrative reports from teachers and outreach staff, highlighting findings from qualitative data collected from participant observations and interviews.
    To measure success we examine the following:
    --student retention rates
    --academic achievement
    --reasons for non-attendance and early dropout,
    --disaggregated attendance rates, and
    --parent/community attitude shifts and trends.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Once without any hope for joining the skilled workforce, our scholars have now identified career dreams that would require post-graduate work! From pilots, doctors, and nurses to educators and journalists, this is evidence itself of their imagining a new path for themselves, one that might otherwise be left dormant. Having already identified careers for themselves, girls in our programs are imagining a new path for their futures. By providing a range of services, WGEP helps our scholars flourish and succeed, opening a world of opportunities for them and their families. As the world accepts women in leadership positions and honors women role models, these girls are developing a sense of possibility, knowing that with an education under their belts, they can pursue their dreams. WGEP plans on extending this model to other regions within Senegal and Kenya. With experience and lessons learned, we are now well placed to dramatically increase the number of girls attending and succeeding in school. There are still many girls and areas we want to reach, and we are working to expand to new areas!
Service Areas

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International

We serve communities in the rural Tharaka region of Kenya, and the rural Fatick region of Senegal.

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WOMEN'S GLOBAL EDUCATION PROJECT
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Amy Maglio

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sue Crothers

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