Aptech Africa South Sudan is delighted to have paid full scholarship fees for Palma Pita Joseph Leju to accomplish her dream as an electrical engineer as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Program. She is one of the few female candidates in the engineering program, and we are so happy to give her this support.
The solar energy sector in Africa is dominated by men, so Aptech Africa took the initiative to support the women in this field. Research shows that women in Africa encounter various challenges which prevent them from completing their studies such as:
- High cost of education
- Forced or early marriage
- Inadequate support for female hygiene in places of education
- Domestic responsibilities
- Limited access to land and shelter
Education is globally acknowledged as the most powerful means of empowering girls and women and protecting them from the violation of their human rights. Investing in girls’ and women’s education can transform, and even save, lives—the lives of girls and women, and the lives of their families and communities. It is one of the most effective ways to achieve positive, sustainable change in the world, for everyone.
Education sets in motion a virtuous spiral: girls and women gain greater knowledge, skills, self-confidence and capabilities, improving their own life prospects—and, in turn, an educated woman provides better nutrition, health care, and education for her family. Education enables a woman to take greater control of her life and gain inclusion in decision-making processes, which unleashes her potential to contribute socially and economically to her family’s and community’s wellbeing.
Below are benefits of education to women:
- Economic growth
- Health knowledge saves children’s lives
- Smaller and more sustainable families
- Reduced infection rates for HIV/AIDS and malaria
- Fewer girls in child marriages
- Better prepared for natural disasters and climate change
- More control over their lives
- More skills to be leaders
Aptech Africa believes in the African proverb “If you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)”.