Our plan is to eventually build and maintain a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) school for young girls in Senegal.
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 STEAM and girls education. We believe women should have the education and tools needed to choose her own destiny. The school aims to serve 100 young women.
STEPS TO PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
Fifteen percent of each product sold will be put into an education fund for the school. Once the funds are fully raised, our dedicated team will start construction. The plan is to open the school by 2025 at the latest.
- Cost of Land Approximately $55,000
- 4 Classrooms $7,200 per classroom = $28,800
- 2 Restrooms $5,000 each = $10,000
- 2 Computer/robotic labs $25,000 each = $50,000
- 1 Teacher/Staff Room $7,200
- 1 Library $10,000
- 1 Cafeteria/Kitchen $50,000
Total to raise: $211,000
Costs based on World Bank and UNICEF estimates for building a school in Sub Saharan Africa. Every Purchase Makes a Difference!