Many of the students supported by our Girls’ Education program are among the first in their families to finish secondary school, and the challenges they face in pursuing an education go far beyond simple finances. On top of family pressure to contribute to the household income, many girls face cultural bias, discrimination and long, potentially dangerous commutes before even arriving at school each day.
That is why our approach to Girls’ Education extends beyond the classroom, recognizing and addressing each individual roadblock on the path to completing secondary school. We work with school administration, community leaders, parents and local NGOs to ensure each girl is supported in and outside of school. One major component in this holistic approach is life skills training.
At weekly meetings, weekend camps and exposure visits in nine countries, girls work with mentors and educators to develop a set of core competencies outlined by our Girls’ Education team. The framework for this training (pictured below) is based on the 10 core life skills outlined by the World Heath Organization as being crucial during adolescence, in combination with six core content areas we have identified as being instrumental to girls’ success. In our 2011 Girls’ Education Yearbook, you’ll meet eight young women who are already putting those skills into practice—making informed choices and expressing themselves with confidence.
In light of their accomplishments, we're celebrating the power of educated, empowered women all month long, with help from some friends. In honor of Mother’s Day, Hilton Worldwide will match all donations through May 31 up to US$150,000! Consider paying tribute to the influential women in your life with a gift to Room to Read, and make a difference that will last a lifetime.
Learn more about our Girls’ Education program.