Mother's Associations in Benin: Advocates and Agents for Girls' Education
The document also maps out some of the issues confronted in the program, from teacher absenteeism to high drop-out rates for girls, as well as literacy in mother-tongue languages. Results include a 30% improvement in school attendance rates, reduced drop-out rates, and improved school performance. Furthermore, though the women and girls have had to overcome many obstacles—including sexual harassment, traditional duties at home, attitudes about the worthlessness of girls’ receiving education, and unequal treatment in the classrooms—women have gained information and negotiating skills as well as confidence, which enables them to stand up in front of community audiences and to become more active and visible in public fora. This is of critical importance to Benin’s development, because empowering women and promoting girls’ education buoys the entire country, as demonstrated repeatedly in other nations. World Education, 2015.
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