Glorious Goodwood - Riding to Success

Qatar Goodwood Festival - Charity Partner

We're excited to announce that this year Goodwood Racecourse has chosen us as their main charity partner.

On Thursday 28 July, the Magnolia Cup Ladies' Race will see some of Britain's most prominent, successful and influential women become jockeys for the day.

Over the past five years the Ladies' Race has raised more than £1 million for female-focused charities. This year the race, and the traditional Regency Ball on Wednesday 27 July, will raise funds for our Girls' Education Challenge project in Zimbabwe. For further information on the Ball and for tickets, please send an email.

 

You can support the jockeys and our girls in Zimbabwe by going to the races, donating to our Glorious Goodwood just giving page or by sharing the icons below.

Lady Louisa Gordon Lennox

Meet a very special lady...Louisa Gordon Lennox

Louisa is a World Vision Ambassador and child sponsor. Last August, she travelled to Uganda with her family to meet her sponsored child, Catherine.

I was shocked by the poverty I saw in Uganda. Catherine cannot go to secondary school because her family can’t afford it. Her father died and her mother’s only income is from growing surplus food of which there’s none. Through World Vision we can enable Catherine to attend secondary education and keep alive her ambition to become a nurse.

Back home, Louisa proposed World Vision to Goodwood as their beneficiary charity for this year.

Without this Girls Education Challenge, girls can’t go to school for one week of every month when they have their periods because they cannot afford any sanitary protection and for all those girls in Zimbabwe who do not have access to any education at all. Education gives girls the hope of qualifications, a job and an income. Without which they are destined, like generations before them, to an early marriage, birth complications, years of child birth and a life of poverty.

Delight: Riding to Success

Delight's Story

Delight's Story

Delight is 16 years old and lives in the Matabeleland South region of Zimbabwe. She enjoys school and is eager to learn - like many 16-year-olds, she's thinking about her future.

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But, also like many 16-year-olds, she doesn't always feel like going to school.

Delight's school is a three hour walk away.

Three hours of walking in exhausting heat, then struggling to concentrate in class, always with the prospect of another three hour hike home again.

Delight has often been late to class and had to leave early to get home, missing lessons and falling behind.

On some days the 15 mile round trip is simply too much to face and whole days of learning are lost. That was until recently...

We've given Delight a bicycle, through the Girls' Education Challenge project.

Riding to school makes an enormous difference to her every day.

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I now get to school ready to learn and not exhausted. I also get home early and have more time to study and do my homework. Thumbs up to the programme!

- Delight, 16

Delight's story is just one of the many success stories from the Girls' Education Challenge so far. But there's still much more to do. The barriers to girls' education in Zimbabwe are many, ranging from the straightforward (like Delight's three-hour journey), to hidden issues like coping with menstrual hygiene, to the deep-rooted views and traditions of society.

By supporting the Girls' Education Challenge, Goodwood's Ladies' Race will bring hope and opportunity to tens of thousands of girls across Zimbabwe.

girls' education challenge, zimbabwe

The barriers to girls' education in Zimbabwe are many, ranging from the straightforward (like Delight's three-hour journey), to hidden issues like coping with menstrual hygiene, to the deep-rooted views and traditions of society.

We've identified nine major barriers to girls' education in Zimbabwe and, through the Girls' Education Challenge, there are nine solutions - and you can make them happen.

 

1 - Low self-esteem vs Girls' Clubs

We're encouraging girls to set up their own Girls' Clubs through a programme called Power Within. At the clubs girls learn confidence and leadership skills through sport, drama and voluntary work.

2 - Family priorities vs Mothers' groups

We're working with Mothers' groups who speak up for girls' education in their communities. They look out for girls who are missing school, helping those who struggle to balance their household chores and schoolwork. Menstrual hygiene is another significant barrier to school attendance, with many girls missing up to a week of school each month. The mothers teach girls about menstrual hygiene and how to make reusable pads.

Mothers' Group heroes

At one primary school, this Mothers' Group has been active in protecting, empowering and investing in girls. By meeting with village elders and chiefs on the subject of menstrual hygiene, the mothers - and fathers - have helped to reduce cultural taboos.

By making and selling reed baskets and bags they've raised funds to build a girl-friendly toilet at the school, giving girls facilities and privacy. As well as this they sew reusable menstrual pads, creating a business by selling them to girls and women in the community.

3 - Community priorities vs Community champions

By working together schools, communities, families and children can overcome traditional and systemic barriers and keep girls in school. Simple things like asking for translations of education policies into local languages can help communities work with the authorities.

4 - Low income vs Savings and loans

While every child in Zimbabwe has the right to schooling, fees, uniform and book costs, can become a barrier. When families need to save money a daughter's education is often an early casualty. We're helping to set up village savings and loans schemes (VSL), allowing families to access low-interest loans and start their own businesses.

5 - School environment vs Girl-Friendly schools

From a lack of girls' toilets (or no toilets at all) to inappropriate advances from male staff, schools sometimes feel unsafe or unwelcoming to girls. In 467 schools we're strengthening School Development Committees to act on this with, for example, new girls' only toilet blocks.

6 - Traditional values vs Leaders' influence

The beliefs and values of local village chiefs and church leaders can inspire entire villages to change the way they look at girls' education - or hold them back. We're working directly with leaders to explore and promote the importance of girls' education.

7 - Distance vs Bikes

Delight's story shows how a long walk to school and back can be an exhausting and impractical barrier to education, particularly if a girl is expected to also do household chores before or after. The long isolated walks also create opportunities for abuse. We're working with World Bicycle Relief to give 22,000 bikes to girls (and boys) who need them most.

8 - Poor learning vs after-school clubs

All these barriers mean that girls are falling behind expected levels, particularly in literacy. We've set up after-school reading clubs to give girls (and boys) a safe, supportive space to learn.

9 - Male opposition vs Champion dads

All these initiatives will be more successful if men support them too. It’s important, for example, that men don’t feel undermined by the increased financial power that women gain from a village savings and loans scheme. Men are involved in all our activities, so that they understand the benefits and fully support girls’ education.

 

You can support the jockeys and our girls in Zimbabwe by going to the races, donating to our Glorious Goodwood just giving page or by sharing the icons below.

 

Image 1: In 467 schools, School Development Committees have built new girls' only toilet blocks. ©2016 Saramine Mukute/World Vision
Image 2: Happy, Delight, Princess and Nicole, giving the Girls' Education Challenge a bigthumbs up.
©2016 Saramine Mukute/World Vision
Image 3: Mothers' Groups who speak up for girls' educations in their communities.
©2016 Saramine Mukute/World Vision
Image 4: The initiatives become more successful with men support them too.
©2016 Saramine Mukute/World Vision