A Jamaican project to help school-aged mothers return to the classroom and another in Egypt which provides educational opportunities for marginalised girls will receive the 2018 UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's education.
UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China will award USD 50,000 each to the Women's Centre from Jamaica and the Misr El-Kheir Foundation from Egypt, during a ceremony at the UNESCO's headquarters on 10 October (International Gay of the Girl Child)
The Women's Centre of Jamaica is rewarded for its project that targets girls who drop out of school because of early pregnancy, providing these school-aged mothers with academic and practical training, health services, nursing and more. Young mothers are encouraged to re-enter school to complete their basic education and some to advance to tertiary level. The project which has impacted on state policies in Jamaica, has been replicated in other countries, supporting girls and women in the acquisition of knowledge and skills for a fulfilling life, helping them transition to employment.
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