PRIORITY #2 – Improving Access to Quality Education (especially for girls and women)
Education is key to escaping poverty. Enrolment rates, length of enrolment and access to education for all, especially girls are all areas where we focus our effort and resources.
Coupled with increasing and sustaining enrolment, is a focus on ensuring access to nutrition – for energy and brain development.
And coupled with a focus on enrolment and nutrition, is supporting students to access school materials – we support students from lower socio-economic groups with essential school supplies and materials, school bags and school uniforms. We also supply bicycles to reduce the time taken to walk to and from school, which also supports better attendance.
Our programs, such as Rice Scholarships, have an attendance measure as a pre-requisite for the program.
Click here for more on our Rice Scholarships program.
Another program we deliver is in conjunction with Days For Girls (Yarra Valley Chapter). Feminine hygiene kits are distributed to teenage girls and young women to support school attendance. This is also accompanied by sexual and reproductive health education from qualified volunteers and local experts.
For more information on Days For Girls see: https://www.daysforgirls.org/australia
In addition, we support schools and kindergartens with classroom facilities such as installing electricity, ceiling fans, whiteboards, IT equipment and library books.
OFAAT Director, Tori Jackson is the lead for this Priority Area and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any ideas or offers of support.