A US-based nonprofit that has agreed to send scholarships to four girls at a secondary school in a small village in Cameroon. The scholarships will cover a year’s tuition for the girls, each of whom has demonstrated academic promise and a need for additional support to further their education. The aim of this program is to provide financial support to the families of the girls and educational and leadership capacity-building opportunities to the girls themselves.
The PCV will work with four girls over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, providing them with academic support and extracurricular studies including: health, leadership, future planning, and community service. These girls will be trained to serve as role models in their community and work with the PCV to implement programs in their school as peer educators. The community will also be involved as the girls become more active in their school and village to achieve the goals they will set with the guidance of the PCV.
In Cameroon, female students are at a higher risk of dropping out of school than their male counterparts. Due to early pregnancy, child marriage, strict gender roles, and other factors, female students require additional support to ensure they have access to the quality education that is their right. This project seeks to empower these girls with financial and educational opportunities that will enable them to finish their education and move on to empower their peers as well as future generations to do the same.