12th October 2017
We, second year CSPE students from Roscommon Community College, would like to inform you of a project that we are currently working on. This project is a fundraiser we are currently conducting with one aim – to help educate one or more of the 62 million girls who do not have the opportunity to receive an education. Girls experience widespread social, educational, political and economic discrimination, increasing their vulnerability and trapping them in poverty. Globally, two thirds of illiterate people are women.
In conjunction with Trócaire, we have established a connection with an area of Somalia, where many of the young children, particularly girls, do not have the opportunity to be educated. Somalia has the world’s lowest enrolment level for primary school. Only 30% of children attend primary school and 95% of the poorest females aged 7-16 have never been to school – with your help we hope to change this, one girl at a time.
For only €200, we will be able to provide everything to enable one child to attend primary school for a whole year, and hopefully preventing catastrophic tragedies in their later life.
By women having a chance to complete primary education:
- Maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving 98,000 lives.
- There would be 15% fewer child deaths.
- 1.7 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition.
- There would be 14% fewer child marriages.
- More girls would be encouraged to continue on to secondary education, which would result in bettering their lives even further.