How Does Education Protect Girls in Papua?

by | Mar 16, 2021

“The education of girls goes beyond getting them into school.”


Let’s think about this cycle: When girls are illiterate, their opportunities for education, jobs, and healthcare are limited. With little or no basic literacy and numeracy, they won’t have the financial skills to compete in the labor market. They would have limited knowledge about protecting their bodies and rights. This affects their options when it comes to marriage and family planning. When they marry young and become mothers right away, their limited literacy skills cause a ripple effect for generations to come.

In light of this staggering reality, Mustard Seed schools uphold the important role of women leaders, especially in our schools in Papua where the rate of gender equality is the lowest in the country. With a clear focus on transformative education, we are empowering girls in Papua.

Data Sources: UNICEF, The Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Indonesia