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WOMEN'S GLOBAL EDUCATION PROJECT

A movement begins one girl at a time

aka Women's Global Education Project

Oak Park, IL

Mission

Women's Global Education Project (WGEP) believes that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and to develop training programs that empower women and girls to build better lives and foster equitable communities.

Ruling Year

2003

Founder, Executive Director

Amy Maglio

Main Address

136 N Marion Street Suite 201

Oak Park, IL 60301 USA

Keywords

girl's, women, education, development, Africa, rural, community development, grassroots

EIN

32-0082340

 Number

2165488598

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Sisters to School

Sisters Lead

Our Sisters Read

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Our Results

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Number of teachers trained

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Population(s) served

Females

Number of adults who received literacy services

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Females

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Population(s) served

Females

Related program

Sisters to School

Number of evaluations conducted

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

A third party evaluator found the project increased student performance on reading tests and the results are statistically significant at the .001 level.

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Women's Global Education Project (WGEP) believes that universal education, gender equality, and the empowerment of girls and women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to empower young people in rural areas of Senegal and Kenya, particularly women and girls, through education to build better lives and foster equitable communities. WGEP collaborates with locally-based organizations that lack the financial resources to implement or expand a program on their own and builds their local capacity to promote girls' education and literacy. This approach ensures that the program is community-led and community-focused. WGEP's partners possess strong relationships with community leaders and a deep and essential understanding of local politics, protocol, and people.

Based on the qualitative data (random sampling and surveying) in the service areas conducted to improve retention, a range of strategies have been developed to address retention and success in school, including: --Scholarships for tuition, school fees, supplies, tutoring, mentoring, and room and board if necessary; --Adult literacy classes for women; --Health education to prevent health-related absences and promote healthier living practices; --Educators' training to strengthen the ranks of women teachers, build their capacity, earning potential and status in the community; --Community Awareness programs for parents, village leaders and other residents toward building continued and broadening support for girls' education; --Empowerment programs, including an alternative “rite of passage" program to combat female genital mutilation and help girls, to equip women and their families with the tools and agency needed to make the most informed choices possible for the future.

The WGEP model was chosen as a “Best Practice" in girls' education for the Sisters to School program at the 2010 UNGEI global conference in Dakar. In 2014, WGEP was awarded a 4-year cooperative agreement with USAID, which builds on its success and significant experience to implement Our Sisters Read, (OSR) which focuses on literacy, quality education and learning outcomes of elementary school students in Senegal. Since 2004, WGEP girls' education and literacy programs have impacted over 14,000 women and girls in 73 of the most impoverished communities in Senegal and Kenya.

Continuous program evaluation is critical. The program has evolved to include a unique combination of interventions addressing multiple obstacles to girls' education. We continue to assess these strategies on the ground, fine-tune our program, adding or adjusting as necessary. WGEP's evaluation methodology is organic and responsive. WGEP is engaged in a community-oriented, nimble program structure that encourages flexibility in the approach to design interventions and changes necessitated by circumstances as they arise. Programs have endured the ethnic violence in Kenya, the concurrent drought in Kenya, and dramatic fluctuation in pricing of commodities in both countries due to the worldwide economic crisis. The research draws on narrative reports from teachers and outreach staff, highlighting findings from qualitative data collected from participant observations and interviews.

Having already identified careers for themselves, girls in our programs are imagining a new path for their futures. By providing a range of services, WGEP helps our scholars flourish and succeed, opening a world of opportunities for them and their families. As the world accepts women in leadership positions and honors women role models, these girls are developing a sense of possibility, knowing that with an education under their belts, they can pursue their dreams. WGEP plans on extending this model to other regions within Senegal and Kenya. With experience and lessons learned, we are now well placed to dramatically increase the number of girls attending and succeeding in school.

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Financials

WOMEN'S GLOBAL EDUCATION PROJECT

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes