Elizabeth, Aroma, Katrina, Margareth and Elima know the value of education. Elizabeth and Elima are both studying at university after completing their secondary education and Aroma, Katrina and Margaret have big dreams for when they finish school.
These youth champions were part of a group of 60 adolescent girls and young women who participated in the photovoice project to address the low numbers of girls completing secondary education. Together they identified the barriers standing in their way and the changes needed to help girls’ complete secondary education. Their final report, Stronger Together, contains a series of photos that powerfully communicate the challenges they are up against and their recommendations for change.
The youth champions all have friends who’ve had to drop out of school, often because their families couldn’t afford the school fees. They are all too familiar with the barriers outlined in the Stronger Together research . And they want to see change. They have a vision for a future where all girls have the chance to go through and complete their education. A future where girls and young women can succeed and help build a better and brighter for everyone in the Solomon Islands.
They’re asking the Solomon Islands Government to extend fee-free education to senior secondary school and to support schools to eliminate gap fees. By adding your name in support of their letter you can ensure their voices are heard by the Solomon Islands Ministry for Education and Human Resource Development and by the largest donor to Solomon Islands education, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Advocating for such an important change is a huge task. Elizabeth, Elima, Margareth, Katrina and Aroma are asking their government to listen to adolescent girls and make change. You can let them know you’re cheering them on from Australia by sending a message of support.
We’ll share your messages with our youth advocates as they gather signatures locally and prepare to hand the letter – and your signatures of support - in to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education and Human Resource Development.
Your messages of solidarity meant so much to us – it’s an incredible feeling to know so many people around the world are behind us and really care.
– Sarita and Sabina, youth advocates, Nepal