Girls in Focus
The power of girls’ education on national economic growth is undeniable. An educated girl holds the power to increase her earning potential and reduce poverty in her community. Unfortunately girls in rural areas are often forced to drop out of school early and suffer unequal treatment. It is still commonplace for rural girls to get married before they attain their high school diploma, just like our Founder, Tererai, who had no high school diploma and 3 children by the time she was 18. For that reason, the TTI Foundation consciously targets rural schools – we can narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education ensuring that all girls in our schools system complete their full course of primary education.
Improving education opportunities for girls in Zimbabwe
Despite TTI Foundation’s progress over the past three years in Hurungwe District, the largest school district in Zimbabwe, there are still fewer girls who enroll in school than boys. Also, once enrolled, girls do not succeed in their studies as well as boys. We believe there is more that can be done to ensure girls remain in school and motivated while they receive quality education, therefore the Foundation also works with the local communities so that more families will understand and embrace the importance of quality education for all children.
In an effort to offset the challenges produced by the gender gap, TTI Foundation has committed to the creation and growth of an endowment fund to finance the educational needs of underprivileged students, and to serve as a scholarship support for girls enrolled in high school and post high school programs. TTI also recognizes that change is very effective at the policy level, which is why we work with governments to advocate and enhance awareness about pressing issues of gender equality which are affecting our rural communities.
TTI Foundation also is planning to implement accessible web-based education programs to support rural girls to continue their education at any level, and also update their skills to be ready for the modern world. The Foundation also encourages girls to aspire to science, technology, engineering and math careers, as lack of females in these careers is identified as a global concern and there are many opportunities for advancement for women in these areas.
TTI Foundation's goals with a focus on girls
Create and grow an endowment fund to finance needs of underprivileged students in rural communities and to serve as a scholarship support program for girls enrolled in high school and post high school in an effort to offset the challenges produced by the gender gap.
Work with governments to strengthen policies and laws that support and protect girls, including any forms of violence within home, community and school. Ensure that girls make the crucial transition from primary to secondary school.
Promote web-based education programs to allow rural girls struggling to educate themselves outside of the typical school setting, an opportunity to continue their education at any level.
Girls & STEM
Increase participation by girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math studies in high school and college and to encourage them to aspire to STEM careers.
The Facts about Educating Girls
Women currently represent nearly two thirds of the world’s illiterate.
According to the World Bank, the return on one year of secondary education for a girl correlates with as high as a 25% increase in wages later in life.
Investing in girls’ education helps to delay early marriage and parenthood. If all girls had secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia, child marriage would fall by 64%, from almost 2.9 million to just over 1 million.
Educated girls have fewer, healthier and better-educated children, and grow into women who are are empowered to take a greater economic role in their family and communities.