U-GIRLS 2 Promoting Greater Access to University for Girls

Student in Ethiopia

Since 2020, U-GIRLS 2 in Ethiopia has provided young girls support to complete their secondary education by addressing key social and economic barriers that contribute to high drop-out rates, as well as providing follow-up support to young girls while in school. The project increases their access to education materials, training, and financial resources – all aimed at ensuring young girls stay in school. In November 2022, 131 young girls graduated from secondary school. 

Adopting a holistic approach, U-GIRLS 2 also provides capacity building support to teachers, as well as training to parents and community members, so they are better positioned to support young girls in their education journey. This also contributes to safer and inclusive learning environments that provide solutions to increase access to education opportunities beyond secondary school, including university or vocational training, for girls. 


A woman in Ethiopia in high school

Gender equality program in Ethiopian schools turns Sebrina into an aspiring lawyer

Despite a difficult start to high school, 18-year-old Sebrina walked across the graduation stage to cheers from her family this spring.

Providing tools to shift mindsets and promote gender equality

Alemitu has always been committed to teaching, but she admits she was following an outdated model that failed to provide the extra help her female students needed.

Teacher in a classroom
A group of young people having a conversation

Educational program encourages young Ethiopian girls to speak up and pursue their dreams

With dropping grades, Adonayit, a Grade 12 science student at Bambasi Secondary School in the Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia, admits she had little hope for her future.

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