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We Advance Girls’ Education

Adolescent girls living in Dzaleka Camp and surrounding villages are facing multiple barriers that prevent them from enjoying their rights and realising their full potential. In Dzaleka, refugees are not allowed to work or to move outside the Camp, resulting in poverty that often means girls are unable to go to school. Most of families cannot afford the costs of scholastic materials including school uniforms, books, bags, shoes, pens, pencils, etc. They prioritize essential needs such as food and shelter, as well as sending boys to school, over girls’ education. Likewise, poverty drives most of families to marry their daughters in exchange for a dowry as a way to cope with economic hardship. As reported, many adolescent girls in Dzaleka Camp and surrounding villages are forced into marriage at 13 or 14 years old and dropped out of school