Updated: Sep 3, 2021
7 out of 10 women are illiterate in Guinea-Bissau. This is a fact that we need to change. Among impoverished families, boys are 1.8 times more likely to reach grade six than girls and 1.5 times more likely than girls to take part in General Secondary Education.
The gender inequality in Guinea-Bissau’s education system leads to consequences, such as child marriage among girls. About 54% of women without an education experienced child marriage, as opposed to the 9% of women who achieved secondary education or higher. - Statistics from Borgen Project.
In order to empower women to get a career, increase gender-equality and earn their own wage we have given scholarships to girls in primary school. Helping them afford the costs and ensuring they stay in school from a young age, can have the largest impact over the course of their life.
Sweatcoin is a new generation currency that brings values to your steps, giving you the power to make a difference through your movement. They reward their app users with sweatcoins which the user can then donate to charitable initiatives around the world. They ran a campaign for accessible education in Guinea-Bissau for 5 days on 5th July 2021, where their users came together to fund a scholarship for Merly Kirchner Gomes Cabral Co. Thank you to Lara Raven from Sweatcoin for setting this up and working with us!
Merly Kirchner Gomes Cabral Co is 9 years old and is now entering 5th grade at Complexo Escolar Nossa Sra de Fatima! Her father passed away and her mother is not currently working so it would be incredibly hard for her to afford school fees. This scholarship paid for a year of monthly fees, enrolment, school books and school uniform. Thank you very much to Sweatcoin and their community for funding this scholarship with AGB!
Merly Kirchner Gomes Cabral Co