Shine a Light on Refugee Girls Education for International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, organize your own special SHINE A LIGHT event to raise awareness on the obstacles refugee girls face in accessing education.

Education is a powerful tool and without it few of us would reach our full potential. In refugee camps, very few girls have the opportunity to pursue their education beyond primary school. Without education, these young people have no way out.

Girls in refugee camps are expected to help with domestic chores and sibling care, limiting their opportunity to go to school. Most of them don’t get to finish primary school, let alone high school. In many classrooms, boys outnumber girls 4:1, but girls want to improve their academic performance.

Help a refugee girl reach her full potential.  Support her education.

We can fundraise and provide these girls with after-school programs in a safe learning environment, so they can catch up on their studies and gain the self-confidence they need to succeed!

Let’s Shine a Light on what girls can achieve if they overcome the challenges they face in accessing education in the refugee camps. With your help, we can provide these girls with the tools they need to learn, to strive, and to succeed. Organize your special Shine a Light event in time for International Women’s Day!

Pressed for time? Don’t worry! These fun ideas are quick to organize and can have mass impact!

  • Organize a Flashlight mob or a blackout in public place/classrooms/sports arena where funds are raised to turn on lights.
  • Organize a glow-in-the-dark or tea light yoga session
  • Organize a fundraising concert, talent show or dance lit by flashlight
  • Attend an open-mic event or International Women’s Day activity and act out a short story on the obstacles refugee girls face.
  • Organize a movie night
  • Partner with a local light themed festival or event to fundraise for Shine a Light.
  • Donate SRP budget surplus to WUSC’s Shine a Light campaign to help girls overcome these obstacles and reach their full potential.

About Shine a Light

For over 30 years, the WUSC Student Refugee Program has been providing opportunities for young refugees to pursue higher education in Canada. Among the students sponsored by WUSC, men greatly outnumber women because few girls finish high school. This is a situation we aim to change.

Expected to help with domestic chores and the care of siblings, the girls in the camps often miss school or discontinue their studies altogether. Many girls can only find time to study after dark in camps that lack electricity. While the first phase of our campaign focused on raising money for safe, cost-effective lamps to enable girls to study at night, your donations can now help girls obtain remedial training to make up the schooling they missed out on, provide them with needed school supplies and finally offer scholarships for promising young refugee girls in Kenya and Malawi. 

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