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 Celebrating Female Teachers

When we talk about humanitarian causes we usually associate the term to efforts directed towards natural or man-made disasters. By definition, humanitarian aid deals with saving lives, reducing suffering, and preserving dignity.

Something we tend to overlook is the importance of education in the field of humanitarian aid. One of the essential steps towards the development of each human being and the door leading to a wide-open world full of possibilities and endless paths is exactly education.

The United Nations choose “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all” as Sustainable Goal Number 4 this year (2019) and put emphasis on the importance of access to education to youth around the world.

Also, in connection with the “Day of the African Child” 2019, the African Union underscored that children’s rights (including the right to education) must be protected and secures, even during humanitarian crises – manmade or otherwise.

Gender inequality in education

One thing we still neglect when it comes to inclusive education is gender inequality. It is a fact that it still exists around the world in many forms from simply having access to education all the way to the scope of career choices. This hinders the development of many young women in some parts of the world and suppresses their full potential and capabilities.

Female teachers play a crucial role in the matter as they provide a solution for ensuring more young women get access to learning opportunities just as young men do. Girls are more likely to feel comfortable and secure in a classroom where they have the support and guidance of a fellow female supervisor.

Drop-out rates are high

UNESCO statistics show that more than half of the girls that enrol in primary schools in Mozambique drop out. Only 38% start secondary school and 21% make it to college. This shows the relevancy of the problem quite well.

The Mozambican government is taking measures against the issues, however, the gender imbalance is still worrying. The cultural barrier plays a role in this situation – people are reluctant to send their daughters to school. Girls’ education is not a priority and despite some people might still send their daughters if the school is close by other factors come into play.

Negative factors

Safety, environment, distance, learning conditions, gender ratio – all these aspects affect the quality of education girls get. Add the lack of female teachers which undeniably contributes to the attitude of girls towards learning and the problem becomes evident.

The education problem often leads to early marriage (or even a forced one) and statistics confirm that – Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world (48%).

The role of Female Teachers

Female teachers have the potential to completely transform the current situation.

The correlation between female teachers and young women actively seeking education opportunities is clear. Female teachers act as role models and the motivation girls have is significantly higher when they know a woman will be the one taking care of their learning process. Parents also have more confidence in sending their daughters to school if they know a female teacher will be present, they simply feel more secure.

It is one thing to say that education is important and child marriage is wrong but explaining why exactly this is the case and giving an understandable example completely changes the situation. Female teachers also secure a better learning environment for girls and make sure that they will get the necessary attention and right approach.

Teachers play a crucial role

For the change to happen the community must understand the need and importance of having more female teachers. They need to understand the need for equal opportunities for education for both boys and girls. Once this happens the problem will become easily approachable.

Women, on the other hand, must understand their impact and the role they play in education. It is not only about delivering lessons – teachers play a crucial role as mentors and make sure that boys and girls are treated the same way by promoting gender equality.

In both primary and secondary education, women can play a motherly role for girls in school and make sure they receive the proper guidance and learning conditions. It is a well-known fact that girls feel more comfortable expressing their problems to women rather than to men. They talk more openly and feel way more comfortable when they know they can always turn to a female teacher for assistance

The conditions of female teachers

For the number of female teachers to increase attention must be paid to the conditions for teachers as well. It is understandable that there are less female teachers when the teaching conditions are designed for a male majority.

In many countries, the head teacher positions are assigned based on the influence a person has in the community instead of on the qualifications.

The school environment in rural areas can also be dangerous for women and girls which makes both teaching and learning for them inaccessible. Excluding women from conversations and assuming their opinions are not as valid or important violates their basic human rights and repels them from getting involved in the education sector. Harassment and violence, as well as general safety issues, also make many women fall away from the teaching profession.

Recruitment, training, remuneration, career advancement, ensured safety, and good conditions for work – the battle for promoting the teaching profession for women in some parts of the world must be taken on many fronts. Measures are being taken gradually and there is a future for female teachers.  

Women can empower other women, they just need the chance to do it.

The future is bright

We know education is important and is part of every person’s human rights. But there are some hard-hitting facts which will help us understand the importance of education for women and how the deprivation of it affects our society. 

For example, apart from greatly empowering women, one additional school year can increase the earnings of a woman with up to 20%. Furthermore, the lack of education for girls leads to economic loss and loss of potential highly qualified professionals.

Educated women are well-aware about their rights and are more likely to have proper working conditions as well as resist inappropriate treatment (in the workplace and not only). Proper education contributes to safety and protection for women themselves and those around them.

With the increase of educated women, the poverty levels are likely to drop down, a boost of economic growth is to be expected, and environmental and sustainable lifestyle is to be improved. 

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

“With proper guidance, a child can achieve anything. This is all it takes.”
~ Nikita Kelwa

Meet the teachers of tomorrow (India)

Mozambique Girls' Education Statistics

92% of girls enrol in primary school

More than 50% drop out

38% start secondary school

21% continue to college

48% of girls get married before reaching the age of 18 years of age

14% of girls get married before reaching 15 years of age

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Join a team of like-minded people and support the efforts to educate girls in this world.
Take 10 months as an international development instructor.
Fill in the contact form to receive more information.

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Barriers to girls’ education

  • Early marriage
  • Low social status
  • School safety
  • Access to resources like school uniform
  • Inability to pay school fees
  • Sanitation
  • Hunger
  • Conflict

 Celebrating Female Teachers

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

When we talk about humanitarian causes we usually associate the term to efforts directed towards natural or man-made disasters. By definition, humanitarian aid deals with saving lives, reducing suffering, and preserving dignity.

Something we tend to overlook is the importance of education in the field of humanitarian aid. One of the essential steps towards the development of each human being and the door leading to a wide-open world full of possibilities and endless paths is exactly education.

“With proper guidance, a child can achieve anything. This is all it takes.”
~ Nikita Kelwa

The United Nations choose “Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all” as Sustainable Goal Number 4 this year (2019) and put emphasis on the importance of access to education to youth around the world.

Also, in connection with the “Day of the African Child” 2019, the African Union underscored that children’s rights (including the right to education) must be protected and secures, even during humanitarian crises – manmade or otherwise.

Meet the teachers of tomorrow (India)

Gender inequality in education

One thing we still neglect when it comes to inclusive education is gender inequality. It is a fact that it still exists around the world in many forms from simply having access to education all the way to the scope of career choices. This hinders the development of many young women in some parts of the world and suppresses their full potential and capabilities.

Female teachers play a crucial role in the matter as they provide a solution for ensuring more young women get access to learning opportunities just as young men do. Girls are more likely to feel comfortable and secure in a classroom where they have the support and guidance of a fellow female supervisor.

Mozambique Girls' Education Statistics

92% of girls enrol in primary school

More than 50% drop out

38% start secondary school

21% continue to college

48% of girls get married before reaching the age of 18 years of age

14% of girls get married before reaching 15 years of age

Drop-out rates are high

UNESCO statistics show that more than half of the girls that enrol in primary schools in Mozambique drop out. Only 38% start secondary school and 21% make it to college. This shows the relevancy of the problem quite well.

The Mozambican government is taking measures against the issues, however, the gender imbalance is still worrying. The cultural barrier plays a role in this situation – people are reluctant to send their daughters to school. Girls’ education is not a priority and despite some people might still send their daughters if the school is close by other factors come into play.

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

Negative factors

Safety, environment, distance, learning conditions, gender ratio – all these aspects affect the quality of education girls get. Add the lack of female teachers which undeniably contributes to the attitude of girls towards learning and the problem becomes evident.

The education problem often leads to early marriage (or even a forced one) and statistics confirm that – Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world (48%).

Barriers to girls’ education

  • Early marriage
  • Low social status
  • School safety
  • Sanitation
  • Hunger
  • Conflict

The role of Female Teachers

Female teachers have the potential to completely transform the current situation.

The correlation between female teachers and young women actively seeking education opportunities is clear. Female teachers act as role models and the motivation girls have is significantly higher when they know a woman will be the one taking care of their learning process. Parents also have more confidence in sending their daughters to school if they know a female teacher will be present, they simply feel more secure.

It is one thing to say that education is important and child marriage is wrong but explaining why exactly this is the case and giving an understandable example completely changes the situation. Female teachers also secure a better learning environment for girls and make sure that they will get the necessary attention and right approach.

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

Teachers play a crucial role

For the change to happen the community must understand the need and importance of having more female teachers. They need to understand the need for equal opportunities for education for both boys and girls. Once this happens the problem will become easily approachable.

Women, on the other hand, must understand their impact and the role they play in education. It is not only about delivering lessons – teachers play a crucial role as mentors and make sure that boys and girls are treated the same way by promoting gender equality.

In both primary and secondary education, women can play a motherly role for girls in school and make sure they receive the proper guidance and learning conditions. It is a well-known fact that girls feel more comfortable expressing their problems to women rather than to men. They talk more openly and feel way more comfortable when they know they can always turn to a female teacher for assistance

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

The conditions of female teachers

For the number of female teachers to increase attention must be paid to the conditions for teachers as well. It is understandable that there are less female teachers when the teaching conditions are designed for a male majority.

In many countries, the head teacher positions are assigned based on the influence a person has in the community instead of on the qualifications.

The school environment in rural areas can also be dangerous for women and girls which makes both teaching and learning for them inaccessible. Excluding women from conversations and assuming their opinions are not as valid or important violates their basic human rights and repels them from getting involved in the education sector. Harassment and violence, as well as general safety issues, also make many women fall away from the teaching profession.

Recruitment, training, remuneration, career advancement, ensured safety, and good conditions for work – the battle for promoting the teaching profession for women in some parts of the world must be taken on many fronts. Measures are being taken gradually and there is a future for female teachers.  

Women can empower other women, they just need the chance to do it.

Support girls' education

Join a team of like-minded people and support the efforts to educate girls in this world.
Take 10 months as an international development instructor.
Fill in the contact form to receive more information.

The future is bright

We know education is important and is part of every person’s human rights. But there are some hard-hitting facts which will help us understand the importance of education for women and how the deprivation of it affects our society. 

For example, apart from greatly empowering women, one additional school year can increase the earnings of a woman with up to 20%. Furthermore, the lack of education for girls leads to economic loss and loss of potential highly qualified professionals.

Educated women are well-aware about their rights and are more likely to have proper working conditions as well as resist inappropriate treatment (in the workplace and not only). Proper education contributes to safety and protection for women themselves and those around them.

With the increase of educated women, the poverty levels are likely to drop down, a boost of economic growth is to be expected, and environmental and sustainable lifestyle is to be improved. 

A structured gap year can be just what you need.