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Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo, FAWE Chairperson & Advisor to the Director-General UNESCO Education Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo, FAWE Chairperson & Advisor to the Director-General UNESCO Education
Globally, there are still seventy-five million children who do not have access to education. Two thirds are girls. Of these seventy-five million children, 45% are in Africa, south of the Sahara. So it is important that FAWE continue to…

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Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda (full film)

Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda (full film) 4:03 In many developing countries, one of the key barriers to girls’ education is poverty. Poor girls struggle to complete primary, let alone attend secondary school or university. Financial hardship often forces girls out of school and into challenging and sometimes dangerous life situations. Through its scholarship programme, FAWE Uganda supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary and secondary education and, in some cases, through tertiary education too. These are testimonies of just a few of the young Ugandans who have benefited from this support.

 

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Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Lukia Nanyonjo

Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Lukia Nanyonjo 0:39 “I am now in Senior 2 and I want to be a doctor. FAWE has being paying my school fees from Senior 2 until now.” Lukia Nanyonjo is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.

 

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Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Lilian Nagawa

Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Lilian Nagawa 1:04 "I don't know where I would have been by now if I hadn't got a scholarship because I didn't have a mum and I didn't have a dad now, and surely there was no one to take care of me." Lilian Nagawa is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.

 

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Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Jackie Kaija

Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Jackie Kaija 1:14 “FAWE was my ray of hope during my secondary education when I was finding it hard to raise school fees. FAWE came and gave me a scholarship from Senior 6 up to Form 6.” Jackie Kaija is one of the young girls who has benefited from FAWE Uganda's bursary programme. The programme supports disadvantaged girls through a full cycle of primary, secondary or tertiary education.

 

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Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Martha Muhwezi

Fighting poverty - keeping girls in school in Uganda - Martha Muhwezi 0:53 "If girls don’t know of the available opportunities, the available organisations to provide them support, then the most likely event is many of them will drop out of school, they will not access education. Many of them will go into early marriages, many of them will become HIV/ AIDS positive because of the vulnerability and the sort of activities they engage in for survival.”

 

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Grace

Grace 6:10 ‘We always admired children who were better than us and had people to take care of them. But at the end of the day,we needed money. That was the most important thing.’ Grace was in primary school in Uganda when she lost her both her parents and was left to fend for herself and her six siblings. To support the family, she began selling roast chicken after school while her brother made bricks for sale.

 

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A gift for Gloria

A gift for Gloria 4:32 'He was our neighbour. He didn't say anything. He just dragged me into the bush and held my mouth beacuse I was screaming.'

 

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Win

Win 6:45 Win, the diminutive of the name of Winfridah, in English also means the act of overcoming a test

 

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Rebecca's Story

Rebecca's Story 4:21 'I hate being married because I want to continue with my education. I would like to finish primary school, secondary schooland then university so I can be a teacher or the representative of a big office in the country. I would like to help children since I also needed help as a child. I have faith that being here I will be a wonderful person.'

 

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Precious J. Deshield, 24 years, Liberia

Precious J. Deshield,  24 years, Liberia FAWE has helped me see for myself what I am capable of and that I can succeed. I study civil engineering at Stella Maris Polytechnic in Liberia.

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Hawa Semega, 26 years, Mali

Hawa Semega, 26 years, Mali Today, I am a woman who knows what she wants and where she is heading. I used to be very shy; I did not talk much, and would accept all kinds of treatment from my schoolmates.

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Ruth Nankuba, 18 years, Uganda

Ruth Nankuba, 18 years, Uganda My father died in 2006. I want to work hard in school in order to get a good job that is also well paid so that I can help my mother to take care of my siblings.

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Giving young women a second chance – the FAWE technical skills programme

Giving young women a second chance – the FAWE technical skills programme Education helps the most vulnerable people transform their lives. Twenty-four year old Estelle Bangura from Sierra Leone is living proof of this.

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Faith Meitiaki, Kenya

Faith Meitiaki, Kenya I have a message that I would like to direct to parents, community, governments, everyone: to invest in girls. We are victims of so many things – violence, poverty. They can be part of the solution to the problems, the change we are looking for.

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Estella Bangura, Sierra Leone

Estella Bangura, Sierra Leone In my last year of secondary school I became pregnant. My father drove me out of the house and my boyfriend abadandoned me. Only my mother supported me during those long months. She had to struggle to provide food for me and my baby girl. I made up my mind that I was going to go all out to further my education...

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Fatuma Mohammed, Ethiopia

Fatuma Mohammed, Ethiopia   When I was young, my father died and the burden of taking care of the family fell on my mother’s shoulders. It was hard to survive on her meager income so she gave me to another family. They would look after me and in return, I worked for them...

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Yemane plans to go for the highest degree available

Yemane plans to go for the highest degree available

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Grace: The Survivor Who Thrives

Grace: The Survivor Who Strives “I was only a child when both my parents died leaving seven children in a very difficult world”, says a very pretty 26 year-old businesswoman, well-dressed, sitting in the conference room at FAWE’s 8th Donors’ Consortium meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

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Saved from Early Marriage by FAWE

Saved from Early Marriage by FAWE Aminata Traore

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A Girl’s Fight After War, A FAWE/Danida project

A Girl’s Fight After War, A FAWE/Danida project “My name is Aissata Bangoura. I am 21 years old and a single mother of two. I was misled by an older woman who made me date a man when I was only 14 and in primary school. He made me leave school when I got pregnant at age 15. I was so ashamed that I could not go back to my poor mother who has been a single mother after the war in my country Sierra Leone.

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Education Brings Hope and a Bright Future to Ugandan Girls

Education Brings Hope and a Bright Future to Ugandan Girls Caroline “I was lucky enough to have been born in a family with a mother who knew the importance of education. Beside the fact that we were very poor, she insisted that my father took us all nine girls to school. After my father’s death, everyone in the village told my mother that she should get us married because she could not afford paying for our school fees anymore. All hope vanished. I was desperate because I wanted to pursue my studies. Then I met with FAWE.” Says 4th year law student at Makerere University, Caroline Kanyago Kalogala.

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