This post is written by Julie Walz, a current Georgetown University student and Global Development Fellow. She will return to Manyeleti, South Africa this summer with David Lamb, her partner fellow, to implement the Mundzuku Scholarship Project.
In the United States today, more women than men attend college. The classic gender barrier in education is being worn away as increasingly women are pursuing higher degrees, often outperforming their male counterparts. Little girls dream of not only becoming mothers but of becoming doctors and lawyers and financial analysts (well, maybe neither little girls or boys dream of becoming financial analysts, but you get the picture.) Girls in the Manyeleti community share these same dreams. Last summer when working to choose a 7th grade girl to be the recipient of a scholarship to attend a private high school, David and I interviewed many at the top of their class. The girls shared big dreams with us; wanting to go to university, wanting to improve their English, wanting to become nurses and lawyers. (more…)