Merali Scholarships for girls
CED have helped 100s of girls from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education through the Merali scholarship program. By paying for the tuition of young women going into science and technical fields, the program not only opens opportunities for the students, but improves gender equality across industries that are usually dominated by male workers. The girls who receive the scholarship have access to further support from the program, helping them to build their soft skills, English language ability, IT knowledge and employability through regular training courses.
Literacy for Environmental Justice
Over the last year CED has used funding from the Rufford Foundation to develop and implement environmental education programs for young people. Students get to learn about nature in fun and engaging field trips to some of Vietnam’s most biologically rich national parks and environmental research centres. These trips are hosted by trained forest rangers and have been designed to meet the requirements of the current national curriculum.
Another aspect of the environmental justice program are the workshops for school teachers, giving them the knowledge and skills needed to communicate the importance of environmental concerns to the next generation of school leavers.
Building Skills and Capacity for Ethnic Girls
CED is committed to building gender equality in Vietnam and through 2014, with support from the Global Fund for Women, we have given 370 young people opportunities to both develop their understanding of gender roles and to find ways to improve equality in their own communities. Working with women’s unions, youth unions and school students from the Dzao ethnic group in Ba Vii District, CED organised educational field trips and workshops designed to build young people’s soft skills and environmental knowledge while focusing strongly on gender equality.
Another aspect of the program was to develop awareness of gender equality issues among teachers, so that they can continue to educate their students on this important subject once the program comes to an end.