Our Bright Futures campaign aims to raise £5,000 for essential education and school projects run by Plan International UK. Plan International UK is a children’s charity that has been supporting vulnerable children for over 75 years. Plan works in many areas including; emergency and famine relief, health and sanitation, economic empowerment and education. All money given through the VENT Bright Futures campaign is ring-fenced exclusively to Plan International UK’s education projects
Here are some examples of the education projects, past and present, run by Plan. The sorts of projects our Bright Futures campaign supports…
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.
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.
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 and when a families resources are limited, girls often lose out. Girls may be kept at home to take up work or 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 and worse still, could be considered ready for marriage, and not be allowed to continue their education.
Plan International believes that all girls have the right to a quality education. To enable the girls of Kamuli 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 enrol in and complete a quality secondary education.
Helping children in Pakistan
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. The main reason for girls dropping out is parents’ unwillingness to educate their daughters. 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 recognises this and 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.