Safi and Dieynabah, 18, are trailblazers. They have fought hard to stay in school and get a good education.
It hasn’t been easy. They were both under pressure to get married — but refused — and persuaded their parents to let them stay in school. That alone is a huge achievement, but it doesn’t stop there.
Check out their story below👇🏾
They want to get their high school diplomas. But because they are girls, they are expected to collect water from the well, grind millet and clean the house every morning before walking (two hours!) to school 😫
It means lots of girls drop out of school 🏫. And that’s not the only reason girls drop out…
“When girls here in Senegal are 14 or 15, they give you a husband, and you have to marry him. But I want to study until I achieve something; I don’t want to get married at that age.” – Safi
Safi and Dieynabah were both under pressure to get married at 15 👰🏿 but they refused. They persuaded their parents to let them stay in school…
Safi wants to be a teacher, and Dieynabah a doctor – jobs that give back to their community 🏥. They are role-models for other girls, and the generation that could end extreme poverty across Africa.
Can you send a message to Safi and Dieynabah to let them know how inspiring they are? And tell world leaders it shouldn’t be this hard for girls to get an education:
“130 million girls don’t go to school – that really hurts me in my heart. I would give every girl an education, so that they have the chance to become a doctor or a teacher or a midwife.” – Dieynabah
If you’ve already signed the petition asking world leaders to urgently fund girls’ education, will you stand with Safi and Dieynabah, and let them know just how incredible they are?
Together ONE members are standing alongside Safi and Dieynabah – let these girls know just how incredible they are!