Women's Global Education Project (WGEP)http://www.womensglobal.org
Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) is an internationally recognized, award winning approach to women's empowerment. Recognized as an innovative model of best practice in Girls' Education by the United Nations, WGEP leaves no stone unturned in the quest for universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women, the factors critical to a society’s development.
Our mission is to empower women and girls through education to build better lives and foster equitable communities. When girls are educated, their families are healthier, they have fewer children, they wed later, and they have more opportunities to generate income.
WGEP works in partnership with two local community organizations to implement its Sisters to School Program: Femme Plus in Senegal and Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP) in Kenya. Local partners on the ground guarantees that the program is community-led and focused. Together we formulate a partner-driven, highly contextualized, and comprehensive approach that takes into account local conditions (poverty, gender bias, early marriage, FGM/C) to ensure that the obstacles preventing girls from attending and succeeding in school are dismantled. To implement our program activities we also collaborate with local Ministries of Education and Health, NGOs, schools, and the US Peace Corps.
WGEP uses a multi-level approach to help girls access education and assist teachers, families and community members in promoting and supporting girls’ education. WGEP engages girls in and out of school, mothers, fathers, school boys, teachers, community leaders, and local government officials; recognizing that increasing access to education is a process that starts in the community and ends in the school. The Sisters to School program includes scholarships, girls and boys ‘molding’ clubs, exam tutoring, mentoring, girls’ leadership and empowerment programs, parent workshops and community awareness activities and an alternative right of passage to fight against FGM.
WGEP’s impact in Kenya and Senegal:
- 4,800 scholarships awarded to girls who would otherwise not be in school
- 90% retention rate among our scholars over the past five years
- More girls are in school in the regions where we work (a 15% increase)
- One-third of our scholars place in the top 10% of their classes
- Empowered 1,700+ girls to refuse genital mutilation
- 500 girls per year benefit from reproductive and adolescent health workshops
- Reduced health-related absences by half
- A notable change in attitude among community members in favor of girls’ education in 65 villages and has reached over 7,000 individuals in Africa
WGEP partners with the world's leading and most innovative organizations. WGEP was awarded our first award from USAID Senegal, contracted to implement a 4 year $1.7 million dollar grant to improve the reading skills of rural children in Senegal. WGEP helped draft the UN Declaration of Girls Education at the Dakar Summit, where WGEP was recognized as an international best practice in Girl's Education. WGEP works with IBM to explore Open Source technologies in African Education. WGEP founder Amy Maglio regularly appears on NPR to discuss girls’ education and development, and is in the Emerging Leaders Program with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.