Here at Always, we believe that nothing should hold girls back from being their amazing, unstoppable selves. And what’s the single biggest opportunity to empower girls? Education. In 2011, around 500 million adult women around the world were lacking basic literacy skills. In Senegal alone, more than 4 out of 10 girls dropped out of primary school in 2010. Think we were going to stand by and let it continue to happen? Not a chance. So in 2011, Always and UNESCO teamed up to give thousands of girls access to literacy education in Africa.
Today, around 60,000 girls in Nigeria & Senegal are benefiting from this program, mainly through information and communications technologies. And in 2015, we announced an extension of the program to reach an additional 50,000 girls and women in Northern Nigeria. We are committed to reaching a total of 110,000 with literacy and education programs by the end of 2019, giving them the access to the education they need to make their dreams come true.