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.
For many years we have distributed reusable feminine hygiene kits made by Days For Girls Yarra Valley Chapter, and we are really proud of this partnership. Over the course of the partnership, more than 1100 sanitary hygiene kits were donated to high school students, new mums, and working women in rural areas of Cambodia.
In January 2022, due to increased demand for these essential products along with challenges in getting the kits to Cambodia, we developed a new program called “Srey Period Packs.” These packs contain washable pads, underwear, and soap – all in a discreet fabric bag.
In the future, our goal is to have the women from our SEW FARE – Social Enterprise make these in Cambodia. Not only will these kits prevent girls and women from missing school and work due to a lack of period products, but they will also create sustainable employment for the women of SEW FARE.
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 email@example.com to discuss any ideas or offers of support.