Our girls empowerment group, REDES, in the city of Angoche, northern Mozambique discussed the importance of having access to education in one of our weekly meetings. The girls work with a group of Peace Corps volunteers to learn about topics that affect them in their every day lives, such as malaria and early pregnancy, and also to set goals for the future and discuss how to realistically achieve them. Education for them is a luxury, because so many of their peers stop going to school because they are married off early or because their families cannot afford to let their daughters study and not help around the house and out in the fields. All of the girls agreed that the key to them achieving their dreams is to stay in school. They see education as their only means of ending the cycle of poverty that is so persistent in Mozambique, and of breaking free from the expectations that they will marry young, have many children, and take care of the house. Our group decided that for us Girls + Education = Our Future!
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