Worldwide, more than 130 million girls are denied an education. Why? Because they were born a girl. Of the female youth in Sierra Leone, almost half are illiterate, while 2 in 3 girls in Sierra Leone, and 4 in 5 girls in Uganda don’t attend high school.
After meeting a young Ugandan girl in desperate circumstances who was trying to raise $40 for her school fees, Chantelle Baxter and Dave Dixon came back to Australia on a mission to educate girls. They founded One Girl in 2009.
One Girl believes that every girl on the planet has the right to an education, no matter where they were born or how much money they have. By providing girls with the opportunity to learn, they want to enable girls to grow up to be the best person she can be.
"We run holistic programs that are designed by girls, for girls."
One Girl knows that it’s important for girls to be able to finish secondary school. They also know that to change a girl’s life in order to break the cycle of poverty in her community, they must understand the reasons why girls have been excluded from education, and why those reasons cause girls to drop out of school.
The flow-on effect of educating girls is immense. By working with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, One Girl helps to provide full scholarships to untrained female teachers so they can complete their qualifications by distance education. This arrangement provides the women guaranteed employment with the Ministry after they graduate and gives the next generation of students positive role models to embrace.
“Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to educate their children.”
Hoyle Da Silva Lawyers feel strongly about the power of education and the rights of woman worldwide. We are proud to support One Girl in their mission to provide girls with the education they deserve.
Questions? Contact Mark Da Silva, Principal Lawyer