Girls will be the first ones to drop out
due to the Covid-19 crisis!
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the largest education emergency in history, disproportionally impacting the most vulnerable children – especially girls. Pakistan has now been ranked 10th among 12 countries that are at extreme risk of school dropouts and learning inequalities.
Insights from previous epidemics have shown that in crises such as COVID-19 girls are the first ones to drop out. Economic, social and cultural pressures prevent them from returning to school – putting their hopes, dreams and future at risk!
Why are girls at risk?
Don’t let girls lose out on education.
TCF has always believed that education is the key to women’s empowerment. Offering our girls the best education at all levels not only ensures that they live happier and healthier lives themselves but also raise healthier children and contribute towards the prosperity of their families, communities and the nation. TCF principals and teachers across Pakistan are actively engaging with our students, especially girls, to keep them connected to their schools and the learning process amid school closures. Parents are also being provided with additional scholarships and counselling by principals to ensure that children do not drop out due to the impact of the crisis.
Every day, 13 year old Mariam treks down steep hills to collect fresh water, and then looks after the house and her paralyzed mother. After the lockdown, her father, a daily wage laborer, lost his income and her mother suffered a paralysis attack. Her 15 year old sister was married to ease off financial burden. Mariam was also dropping out of school, when her TCF school principal intervened and offered flexible school hours. Read her story
Ayesha, an 8 grader, dreams of becoming a nurse in the military. During the lockdown, she lost her father to illness and her mother, a former housewife, now sells home crafts for a living.
However, with five children, her mother can barely make ends meet and Ayesha had to drop out of school. Her TCF school teacher then reached out and offered financial support to keep her dream alive.