Global Partnership Education Fund for Girls (children and youth) in Developing Countries
Dorcas Onuh Fund aims to help young people gain access to quality education and skills that provide the foundation for lifelong learning. We work tirelessly to ensure that every child receives quality primary and secondary education, and works to reduce barriers and help narrow education gaps for women and girls. We are targeting the poorest, most vulnerable, and those living in fragile or conflict-affected countries – receive a quality basic education for 2018-2020. And piloting this initiative in the first three (3) years of operation.
Why we are focusing on Education in developing countries?
Education is a human right and is central to achieving many other sustainable development outcomes.
A quality basic education gives children and youth the knowledge and skills they need to face daily life challenges, and take advantage of economic and lifelong learning opportunities. It is also a key driver for reducing poverty, fostering economic growth, achieving gender equality, and social development.These benefits are even greater when support to education is targeted toward girls. Some of these benefits include:
- Combat malnutrition
- Prevent early mortality
- Reduces home displacement, and instability
- Reduces societal trauma and conflict
- Reduces victimization to societal and health nuances such as sexual violence, HIV etc.
Education is particularly important to communities that are fragile or rebuilding. The benefit of education and of useful knowledge for children, youth and particularly girls, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.
Why are we focused on Children?
Our children-first principle is a sustainable development and programming shift that focuses on prevention and early intervention. Having a safe learning environment also makes children and youth less vulnerable to exploitation, kidnapping, and recruitment by militant groups or organized crime. 59 million children in developing countries lack the access to basic education. 250 million more lack quality education; they are unable to read, write or count, even after four years of schooling. These are key concerns to Dorcas Onuh Fund working to provide the foundational and high level of skills for work and life.
What are some of the barrier these Children and youth face to obtaining quality education.
Some of these include, but are not limited to;
- poor quality of teaching, irrelevant curriculum and learning materials
- lack of financial resources to afford formal learning
- the pressure for children to work to support the family
- early marriage practices in some of these areas
How does our government support education in developing countries?
Some of these include, and are not limited to:
- supporting efforts to improving the educational structure with more flexible accreditation courses
- supporting the development and distribution of relevant, gender-sensitive learning resources
- supporting certified experiential teaching initiatives
- Support the efforts to education of girls and children in developing countries
- providing support to meet the education needs of crisis-affected children
In order to develop a solid education system that is sustainable, efforts must enable children and youth, particularly girls, to get a full 10-year cycle of quality basic education. Our Education Fund develops its programs Child-Benefit, Learn and Work-Study programs around this model of work.
We are also continuing work to fully implement all orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and in support of Child and family services within our flexible funding model.