OUR DREAMS THRIVE A PROJECT FOR ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE VIA EDUCATION

OUR DREAMS THRIVE A PROJECT FOR ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE VIA EDUCATION

The Nada Foundation is investing in the generation that will rebuild Yemen when the civil war ends. To do so, the foundation’s visionary Our Dreams Thrive project is set up to reach out to girls displaced by the country’s catastrophic violence and conflict. Educating girls protects their human rights and changes traditional attitudes toward early marriage. Instilling confidence and dignity, education lifts girls’ hopes for achieving their life dreams. As such, education is the foundation for creating social change and economic growth in Yemen. Creating future leaders even while the fighting continues is the first step in achieving long-term goals for future stability and economic development of the region.

Under the Our Dreams Thrive hashtag (#OurDreamsThrive), the Nada Foundation is currently poised to reach 10,000 girls in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in all of Yemen’s various governorates. The foundation’s specific aim is to teach the girls to speak and write in the English language. This ability will form a bridge between Yemen and the rest of the world so that information may pass freely across borders furthering scientific and technological progress. It is also a means toward creating leaders in the areas of media and humanitarian work that Yemen  will need in order to recover when the lengthy period of conflict that has torn the social fabric of the country finally ends.

Main Purpose of the program:

The main idea behind the project is to aid in the development of Yemen by improving the country’s connection and communication with the rest of the world. Establishing alternative schools and classes that teach English, the project addresses the lack of education and job preparation available to the younger generation growing up in IDP camps, and creates job opportunities for teachers.

Target Audience

Our Dreams Thrive is designed to serve the future generations of Yemeni citizens who dream of peace and unity. The project is aimed to help girls between the ages of thirteen and eighteen by preparing them for enrollment and success in international universities. We give priority to children who have been forced to flee their homes and schools, and to those girls who have suffered domestic violence, early marriage, and other forms of human rights abuses.

The goal is to reach at least 90% of the total 10,000 children, 500 children per governorate, and provide education, enrollment in university, and support until completion of their studies.

Objectives

1.To find alternatives in the absence of schools that benefit children in the short and medium term and ensure their continued education.

2. To engage qualified teachers who have lost their livelihood due to violence and conflict, and supply them with paid job opportunities.

3. To prepare the next generation to navigate higher learning opportunities locally, as well as international remote learning programs via the internet.

4. To avail future generations of internet employment opportunities, reducing unemployment and crime.

5. To form a nucleus of leaders in the community capable of transitioning Yemen, culturally and economically, to a more just and prosperous society.

Importance:

Education in Yemen has been and continues to be inadequate, failing to teach and prepare students and stay abreast of scientific development in the world. The younger generation currently lacks the necessary skills to meet employment requirements.

Especially dire is the need to teach foreign languages. We lack journalists, activists, and political leaders who can speak about our conditions first hand in the language of international media and humanitarian organizations. International journalists depend on third party media material produced abroad that is not always accurate or immediate. Communicating with the rest of the world helps connect Yemen to a global community, which can effect change and ameliorate suffering by directing aid and support. The program’s importance lies in ensuring Yemen’s ability to participate in the global exchange of ideas for the development of our society and a better future.

Project Implementation:

The project shall be implemented in two phases.

Phase l: Model

Duration: 3 months

Provide a temporary classroom for two classes nearby the IDP camp. Engage teachers specialized in English who will be supervised by the authorities overseeing the Displaced Persons camp. Ensure the consent of each participating child’s guardian in keeping with the Yemeni system and law. The project will be implemented with the help and contribution of human rights organizations and activists, under the supervision of state security ensuring the protection and safety of the children.

Phase ll: Electronic

Duration: 5 Years

Girls who have excelled in the classroom and achieved the highest proficiency in English will be enrolled in internationally recognized universities and followed up on for five years. Their studies will be completed online taking into account Yemen’s social realities. The girls will study from home to avoid separating them from their families, as well as to avoid the additional difficulties and risks of travel.

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