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Papua New Guinea
In recent years, access to quality schools and education has improved in Papua New Guinea. Yet, despite increasing educational opportunities, dropout rates among girls remain high and completion rates low.
When facilities at school such as private toilets and available health information neglects to focus on the needs of girls, girls often have no choice other than to stay away from school. Missed days add up and girls often drop out of school to face an uncertain future.
After much research and by working closely with women and girls, we know girls are more likely to drop out of school as they enter their teenage years. More specifically, we know girls find it difficult to stay in school for some of the following reasons:
1. Increase school retention rates for adolescent girls in Papua New Guinea.
2. Support girls to be healthy, educated and empowered to pursue a bright future.
Footprints funding will contribute to improving school retention rates for adolescent girls and improving the health and well-being of young women in Papua New Guinea by:
WaterAid is working in partnership with Marie Stopes International and our local NGO partners in Papua New Guinea. The project was carefully co-designed with our partners and together we will implement project activities.
By coming together to share knowledge, resources and expertise, we will reach more girls than we could ever reach on our own. By doing so, this project represents a powerful approach to improving the health and well-being of adolescent girls and reducing poverty by creating positive environments that allow girls to finish their schooling.
WaterAid will lead the coordination of regional activities around shared learning and knowledge dissemination in Australia, regionally and globally. In addition, we will build on our existing relationships with national and sub-national government and private partners to strengthen uptake of program into national policies and to improve project sustainability.
The ‘Keeping Girls in School’ project is a new and innovative project that has been designed to reach both girls and their communities in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.
Commencing in July 2017, and spanning over three years, project activities will be simultaneously implemented in each country. Activities in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste have been tailored to suit the social norms, culture, government priorities and needs of students and their communities in each country.