Give women around the world equal access to quality education.
Our plan is to create a technical school for young women who haven’t had the ability to attend school. We believe that the best way to build a community is to educate its women.
The school will be business based with two hubs, one for graphic/creative arts and another for the technical side. After the students finish school, we plan to help them find jobs through partnerships with businesses close to Senegal.
Through sells, we aim to build a school in Fass Cabolone, Senegal, to give young women access to education beyond secondary school. Our mission is to increase opportunities for women to succeed in the 21st century without being forced to leave their home countries through technology and graphic arts, incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) into a formal education.
Unequal access to education: According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - although there are more girls with a primary education, (for every 100 boys enrolled, there are approximately 104 girls), as the level of education increases girls’ enrollment rates decrease. Only 39% of women aged 15 years and older are literate, compared to 62% of men. Many families still only send boys to school, keeping girls at home to help with housework or look after siblings. Other factors, such as early marriage, the long distance to school, unsafe roads and poor infrastructure of school buildings, as well as the low quality of education get in the way of girls’ enrollment or completion of education.
Senegal’s Human Development Indicator of 0.494 is below the average of 0.497 for countries in the low human development group and below the average of 0.523 for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over half of the Senegalese population lives below the poverty line. Many young women face difficulties furthering their education because it’s not available locally, they cannot afford supplies and schools lack funding to pay for necessities such as textbooks, electricity and running water.
According to the United Nations Human Development (UNDP) indicators, there is a positive correlation between education for women and the development of a community. To help tackle Senegal’s problem we are building a school that focuses on technology and visual/graphic arts. After the students finish school, we plan to help them find jobs through partnerships with businesses close to Senegal. We believe women should have the education and tools needed to choose her own destiny. And though there will still be hurdles to achieving success, education won’t be one of them. The school will serve 120 young women.
STEPS TO PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
Buy land in Fass Cabolone by the end of 2018. The following year, will be dedicated to raising the funds to build the school from the ground up. Once the funds are fully raised, Sofi will move to Senegal to start construction while a dedicated team runs Expedition Subshara in the U.S. The plan is to open the school in 2022.
BUDGET FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Item Cost in USD
- Cost of Land Approximately $65,000
- 6 Classrooms $7,200 per classroom = $43,200
- 2 Restrooms $10,000 each = $20,000
- 2 Computer labs $50,000 each = $100,000
- 2 Teacher/Staff Room $7,200 each = $14,400
- 1 Library $20,000
- 1 Cafeteria/Kitchen $100,000
Total to raise: $362,600
Costs based on World Bank and UNICEF estimates for building a school in Sub Saharan Africa.
We are going to build and start the school using a percentage of each sale and by fundraising throughout the years. It costs $1,000 per year to educate a student in Senegal. See something you love on our site? Feel great about your purchase because it goes a long way in helping us reach our goal.
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