We believe that every child has the right to go to school, regardless of their gender. At UWS, we support girls to enter primary education and to stay in school. This International Women's Day, we're celebrating the thousands of females attending our schools across South Asia, as well as the incredible women teaching in our schools and working behind the scenes at UWS to give more children access to education. 


Nepal, 2018.

By attending our primary schools, girls from rural communities gain the skills they need to continue to secondary education and access new job opportunities. In the long-term, education narrows pay gaps between men and women, contributing to gender equality. 

Cambodia, 2018.

Within the communities we work with, women and girls play an important role in daily life. From a young age, girls are expected to help with chores such as water collection and feeding the family livestock. They also help look after their younger siblings, as their parents often work long hours at family farms. Our kindergartens provide a place for younger children to go during the day, so their older siblings can attend lessons uninterrupted and children in the community can begin to learn from an early age.

Cambodia, 2018.

Attending school gives girls confidence and life options other than child marriage. Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to get married at an early age.

Myanmar, 2018.

Girls' education impacts society as a whole. If all girls had a primary education, there would be 15% fewer child deaths. If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds.

Cambodia, 2019. 

Myanmar, 2018. 

We employ hundreds of female teachers, many of whom have been recruited and trained from local communities. They help ensure education is high quality, locally contextualised and act as role models for female students. In return, they receive a fair wage and ongoing training, empowering women from remote and often ethnic-minority communities.

UWS Myanmar Country Director, 2018. 

As well as teachers, we have female employees leading our operations in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. From Education Officers to Programmes staff to Country Directors, these incredible women are helping change the face of primary education across South Asia. 

Cambodia, 2018. 

We're proud of the thousands of girls attending our schools and the life-changing opportunities that education is giving them. However, worldwide, approximately 15 million girls of primary school age will never enter a classroom. Together, we can help change this. 

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