Private Education Development Network (PEDN) in partnership with Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture (FFUYL), a USAID – funded project have launched a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of girls’ education and the value of women empowerment.
This is not only an awareness campaign, but will also serve as a fundraiser for the Girls’ Education and Livelihoods fund established by PEDN that is expected to raise Shs200m to support 50 Ugandan girls attain education.
The campaign will be carried out through a series of cinema screenings of the acclaimed film, Girl Rising, a documentary movie highlighting the global campaign for girls’ education. This movie follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.
The campaign was launched on Monday morning in Kampala with a media screening of the documentary and will also undertake a couple of fundraising activities during the screenings to meet their target.
According to Ochatre Nixon, the Executive Director of the Private Education Development Fund, the expectation is that through the screenings, the public will be compelled to contribute to the fund.
“We are looking to raise shs200 million from these screenings. This money will send 50 girls through O-Level education. We have already identified these vulnerable girls through our network of 300 schools which are across the country,” he says.
“The reason we are choosing O-level is simply because many girls stop their education at primary school level as secondary education is financially challenging.”
This campaign will also draw cultural influencers, corporate and government leaders to build an enabling environment for girls, promoting policy change and financial investment in their education.
This event is made possible by USAID, from the American people, as part of Feed the Future, the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative.