Since the year 1991-2002, Sierra Leone has had an unending war that affected many of the country’s key sectors. One of the sectors was the educational sector, where the population of girls in school reduced. This was due to financial inadequacies attributed to the loss of the girls’ parents. Consequently, the girls always resort to early marriages in order to provide for their siblings.
Between the years 2014 to 2015, the deadly Ebola disease attacked the country causing the loss of over 4000 lives. Children lost their caregivers and financial providers.
Besides insecurity and inadequate healthcare: poor economic performance and high rates of unemployment have as well contributed, deepened and worsened the existing challenges faced by children in their education. The loss of parents and caregivers has led to an increased dropout rate among the school-attending children.
Research has shown that investing in a girl’s education will help increase economic growth and benefits. To realize this, it is very important to invest in educating girls, especially those that are unable to continue with their education for a greater economic growth of any country. This is an essential issue since it is important for everyone regardless of his or her gender to access quality education.
It is therefore imperative to make sure that, almost 2 billion women and girls all over the world get the same opportunities to be educated. Research as well shows that, educating the girl child is a tactical development and investment, where nations that promote gender equality are highly likely to experience greater economic growth.
Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that education is not simply about getting girls into the classroom. It as well involve making sure they are taught well and whatever they learn will actually improve their opportunities later in life. Without access to good education, girls will have a less likelihood to employment hence unable to take care of their families.
With a small percentage of the population in employment in Sierra Leone, the country’s economy will diminish through a reduced output and the country will witness a slow development. It is good to make an impact in a child’s life by giving them the chance to complete their education and live their life to the fullest. This will provide the needed work force thereby improving the economic output and subsequently welfare of the country.
The provision of high quality education for the girl-child orphans contributes to the benefit of the entire world and not just to Sierra Leone or the African countries, where this problem is rampant. It is very important to acknowledge that quality education improves national output and creates robust societies and institutions. An additional year of quality education increases a nation’s economic growth by 6%, this enables countries to be self-dependent and eventually reduces the need for foreign aid.
There is need, therefore, to support the orphans all through their education and ensure that they are very well empowered in their High School Education.
WELFARE AND EDUCATION FOR THE GIRL CHILD SIERRA LEONE is set up to make sure that every girl child orphan gets free education; they will be tomorrow’s female entrepreneurs, female leaders, caregivers, mothers and wives. Empowered women are key in a society: if educated they will be the agents to end poverty cycles in a country and in Africa as a whole.
We aim at empowering the girl child through promoting their rights to education, promoting perfect education systems for their wellbeing, co-operation, and consciousness to their rights all over the world.