POSTED BY 60milliongirls | Dec, 12, 2011 |

A well-known proverb about women’s education:

If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.

According to the World Bank, “educated women… tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and lift households out of poverty. These benefits also transmit across generations, as well as to their communities at large.”

This holiday season, why not plant the seeds of education, and grow a forest of empowerment, health and knowledge? Give a minimum $25 donation to any of 60 million Girls’ three projects in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Malawi and we will send the recipient a card with your message. Just a refresher on these three projects:

In Sierra Leone, working with CAUSE Canada, we are giving 4515 children, including 2305 girls, access to higher standards and levels of education, health, and leadership development, through tutoring, mentoring, and income-generating projects that support girls’ education costs and promote the sustainability of schools and their programs.  Girls will become more empowered leaders through peer education literacy training, and teachers and students will have access to essential learning materials, school books and supplies, and the quality of education will be enhanced through teacher training workshops. Bursaries will be provided to the most highly motivated girls to pursue their teacher’s education with the goal of becoming teachers in the Koinadugu District, as the need for female teachers is very great.

Click here to see a slideshow of images from our work in Sierra Leone.

In Northern Cote d’Ivoire, working with Save the Children, we are increasing access to quality education for 400 girls at one Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centre and one primary school, by renovating and refurbishing one Centre; training teachers in “girl-friendly” methodologies; protecting girls from violence affecting their schooling; encouraging girls of all religions and ethnicities to attend school; registering girls’ births to facilitate enrollment; and encouraging girls’ participation in decision-making at school and the community.

Click here to see a slideshow of images from our work in Northern Cote d’Ivoire.

In Kenya and Malawi, working with WUSC, we are bringing remedial education, community mobilization and leadership training to 440 refugee children. The project will seek to increase access, retention and success of girls and boys in school and to help create the conditions necessary for girls to become valued leaders within their communities. They will be encouraged to overcome barriers and develop self confidence, while influencing the community to change their attitudes that hinder the participation and achievement of girls.

Click here to see a slideshow of images from our work in Kenya and Malawi.

To give the gift of education this holiday season, please contact:

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