Supporting Girls' Education
Case Study19 January 2021
Supporting Education for Girls in South Sudan.
When he was alive, Nyanyok's father insisted she could not go to school; instead, she had to stay at home to help her mother. After Nyanyok’s father died during the fighting in 2014, the family were displaced and forced to move to a camp for internally displaced people.
Ireland supports World Vision to promote the rights of girls and women in the camp. Nyanyok’s mother has started to participate in World Vision activities to promote the rights of girls and women. Now, Nyanyok’s mother believes that girls also deserve to be in school.
After moving, Nyanyok enrolled in the school established by World Vision in the camp. She joined the increasing number of girls in Melut aware of their rights as girls especially in getting an education.
"My mother supports me and encourages me to read at night after supper. I share my dreams with her, and she believes in me’, says Nyanyok who now believes education will lead her to more opportunities in the future. ‘The future is bright for girls’.
Education for Girls in Jordan
Hadeel Al Abaid, a 14-year-old Jordanian, lives in Ruseyfa, north of Amman. She used to live with her family - her father, mother, two brothers, and two sisters - but difficulties affecting her parents resulted in their separation.
While Hadeel and her siblings were living with their father, Hadeel, the eldest, had no choice but to leave school when she was in fourth grade. Hadeel was disappointed to lose her education and her friends, instead, starting a life of responsibility for house cleaning, cooking, and raising her siblings, all while being at risk of early marriage.
Five years later, Hadeel heard about the Social Support Centre (SSC) in Marka from one of her relatives. Hadeel enrolled in the non-formal education programme funded by Plan International Jordan, via Ireland's aid programme. The SSC also provides other activities such as life skills training, psychosocial support, and recreational activities.
When Hadeel first joined the Social Support Centre, her reading and writing skills were very weak. This changed as she engaged with methods of teaching that encouraged her, supported her, and increased her ambition. After taking seven SSC sessions over one year, Hadeel became much more aware of her own capabilities, which increased her self-esteem. Her ambition now is to continue and complete her education.
“I thank God for finding a place that compensates me for all the missing things in my life. Being here helped me become more confident, grew my awareness and my self-worth. My parents are now reunited together, but we are still living the same life with their problems and disagreements. However, this will not affect my attendance at the centre because I now consider the centre my home”, said Hadeel.