Here at Go1 we love learning (like, we really love it) and we are passionate about ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. Access to education has increased for both everyone worldwide – something we should take time to be proud of. But we are far from parity.
The number of young women completing a secondary education is substantially less than their male counterparts, especially in developing regions. School fees, strong cultural norms, inadequate sanitation and negative classroom environments, along with complex familial and societal expectations, all lead to a reduced number of girls completing formal education.
That’s not nice to hear. But here’s some good news.
In communities where girls and women are supported and encouraged to extend their education and training, the economic and social benefits have been incredible. When a girl is supported to complete one extra year of schooling, her wages increase by 10-20%, which is on average 5% more than the increase we see in their male counterparts
Women who extend their education are more likely to delay childbearing, reducing the number of women and children we see dying in childbirth. And mothers with higher levels of education are more informed to make better decisions about their own and their children’s health and join in civic participation within their communities.
These findings are exciting and at Go1 we are encouraged to think about the ways we can increase the ability of young women to access education and learning. We see technology playing an important role in how to deliver and engage young people in their both formal and informal education. That is why we are constantly searching for and supporting programs that leverage the mobility of technology to reach isolated and often disadvantaged communities.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, we are excited to announce the launch of our partnership with Code4Rights, a project aimed at promoting women’s rights through technology education. By increasing women’s access to technological resources and knowledge Code4Rights empowers women all over the world to build the technology they need in their communities. Go1 shares Code4Rights vision that all girls and boys who love technology should be given the opportunity and support to pursue that passion, and use their knowledge to create meaningful progress within their communities and countries.
Organisations like Code4Rights are leading the charge to capitalise on technology and its immeasurable capabilities. Never before have we been able to increase access to education on a scale like we can today. Mobile technologies mean the most isolated, distant and disadvantaged communities can reach out and tap in to knowledge that creates lasting, meaningful change in their lives.
To support the work of Code4Rights head over to their website and subscribe to their mailing list
Let’s celebrate the women in your lives today – and celebrate those around the globe who are working hard to create a world where every child not only loves to learn but is given the opportunity to learn