BT is reporting that girls who miss school because of child marriage, early pregnancy or poverty will been given a £100 million boost in UK aid to help them return to education.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the funding which will help 175,000 of the world’s most marginalised girls during the first Girls’ Education Forum in London.
The funding will help support the use of technology to monitor the attendance of students without the need for internet, helping teachers in rural areas to identify ongoing absence and their causes. It will also fund contactless attendance cards which offer conditional payments to incentivise families to send their daughters to school, which have proved to boost attendance by 15%.
Ms Greening: “They’ll be girls who from a very young age have never had the chance to go to school, maybe their brothers have because they were priorities for their parents. They’ll also be girls who very early, maybe 4am or 5am, go off and spend two hours collecting water and then do huge chores around the home or farming.
“All sorts of things that come before getting them in to school.
“What we need to do with this money is to give them the chance to get in to school and learning so they can be an asset to their country and also fulfil their potential.”
The funding will be distributed by the Department for International Development’s Girls’ Education Challenge projects, which in total supports one million disadvantaged girls across the developing world.
How do you feel the money should be spent to help encourage girls into education? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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