The Connect To Learn (CTL) initiative helps girls from struggling communities attend secondary school by providing scholarships along with leadership and life skills programs.
There is an urgent need to raise $25,000 to provide 3-year scholarships for 10 girls in Rwanda to enroll in high school. These scholarships will be made available to current CTL scholars in the Millennium Village community of Mayange, Rwanda, who will complete junior high school in December 2014. Upon completion of junior high school, the girls very much wish to continue onto their final 3 years of basic education by enrolling in high school, but without financial support, they will be faced with no other choice but to drop out.
To give you an idea of how your contribution will make an impact, a donation of:
- $10 can buy a book bag for one student.
- $20 can support the personal health and hygiene supplies a girl needs for one year of secondary school.
- $40 can buy a year of books and school supplies for a secondary student.
- $100 can buy a bicycle to help a girl travel safely up to 50km to and from school every day or pay for one student's school meals for two years.
- $720 supports one girl for one year of senior secondary school.
- $1440 supports one girl for two years of senior secondary school.
- $2160 supports one girl for all three years of senior secondary school.
Not only will your donation help to finance the completion of secondary school for these hard-working girls in Rwanda, but it will also support the scale-up of girls' leadership and life skills programs at the girls' schools, helping to empower the scholars as well as their female peers.
In Rwanda, just 15.6% of secondary-school aged girls attend scondary school (UNICEF, 2012). Challenges like household responsibilities, early marriage, pregnancy, distance to school and cost of education are just some of the barriers that keep so many girls in Rwanda out of school. When a girl receives a Connect To Learn scholarship, not only are her school fees covered, but she receives housing, transportation support, uniforms, school supplies, feminine hygiene products, and co-curricular programming facilitated by Connect To Learn’s on-the-ground support staff. With your support, we can help close the education gap for girls in Rwanda.
Since launching in 2010 as a partnership of Millennium Promise, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Swedish technology company Ericsson, Connect To Learn has supported nearly 800 girls on multi-year scholarships across 28 schools in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, and enabled access to quality learning resources for about 39,000 students through installation of computers, servers and Internet connectivity in their schools.
Learn more at www.connecttolearn.org.