11 million girls are at risk of being pushed out of school by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. They’ll be joining more than 132 million girls who were already not in school. These girls are more at risk than ever of not only losing their education, but of experiencing profound violations of their rights. Support, comfort, stability – it is more than just a seat, it's a step in the right direction.
We invite you to join us in creating a world where girls can face down the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, sit back down at their once empty classroom seats, and find the inspiration inside themselves to reach a brighter future.
We can teach girls their rights and strengthen their ability to stand up for themselves. We can create supportive communities by turning leaders, parents, teachers, and boys into allies for girls’ right to learn. We can empower girls to return to school and complete their education, to become learners, leaders, and change makers in their society. It all starts with getting them back into school and keep them in charge of their own life.
Problem We Are Trying to Solve
UNESCO estimates that 11 million girls are at risk of dropping out and never returning to school. That's on top of the 132 million girls who were already out of school when the pandemic began. These girls are twice as likely as boys to drop out and stay out, even after the pandemic is over. Two million more girls are expected to undergo FGM (female genital mutilation) and 2.5 million more to be married as children due to the pandemic’s social disruptions.
If we succeed to reach even few of the most affected girls and support them in getting back to school, and completing their education, we achieved our mission with “Save Her Seat”.
With our project we support girls in our project countries in Africa, Asia and Middle East to stay in school for a full academic year.
How We Are Going To Do It
There would be 10% fewer early pregnancies if all girls had primary education, and 59% fewer early pregnancies if all girls had secondary education (in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia).
18% -> 5% Fewer girls suffer from depression when we create safe spaces for them to learn (RTP Pakistan case study).
68% fewer girls missed classes because of menstruation after teachers were sensitized to their needs.
72% -> 94% girls’ commitment to learning grows stronger when they can access Right To Play activities.
In Mali, we are helping impoverished girls who have dropped out of school to work in gold mines, farming, and begging to go back to school. Our accelerated learning program helps girls who have lost school due to work, poverty, marriage, or pregnancy to catch up to their peers and stay in school.
In the impoverished Lyari district of Karachi, Pakistan, Right To Play is helping 16.000 girls who are out of school or at risk of dropping out to finish their education. We are providing economic support for girls to attend school, helping girls in school to resist bullying and peer abuse so they stay in school longer, and empowering them with skills and knowledge that will support their economic independence and entrepreneurship after graduation.
In Tanzania, Right To Play helped girls to create community radio dramas that shared information about the challenges girls were facing and provided messages of empowerment that sparked conversations about girls’ rights in local families. More than 2.75 million girls were reached in 2020.
In Ghana, Mozambique, and Rwanda, 220.000 girls and boys are benefiting from gender-responsive classrooms that use play to help them to complete their education by making learning fun and safe.
In Lebanon, we help refugee girls who are at risk of dropping out of school or who are not attending, to cope with trauma, find their voices and advocate for their right to education through music. Girls and boys work together to create instruments, write songs, and perform to spark social change and advocate for their right to learn and to be treated fairly.
With our project goal we can support the world’s most vulnerable girls in our project countries in Africa, Asia and Middle East to stay in school for a full academic year.
Long Term Impact
We can teach girls their rights and strengthen their ability to stand up for themselves. We can create supportive communities by turning leaders, parents, teachers, and boys into allies for girls’ right to learn. We can empower girls to return to school and complete their education, to become learners, leaders, and change makers in their society. It all starts with getting them back into school where they can learn.
What We Need To Do
Save Her Seat...actually Save their Seats.
To save as many classroom seats for girls as possible and thus allowing them to continue dreaming and have a perspective and future.
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