Dina from Egypt is now back in school thanks to Save the Children Sponsorship.
Rural areas of Egypt typically have a cultural bias against girls. They are perceived as a burden and less important than boys. The psychological impact is dramatic and unfortunately Dina, 14, is no exception.
Dina lives in a village in Assiut with her parents, three brothers and one sister. Her father is a driver and her mother is a housewife. She dropped out of school after being told that, as a girl, she should plan to just get married and become a housewife. Dina lost confidence and self-esteem. She regularly stayed home and rarely participated in social activities.
Through a Save the Children educational awareness campaign that targets children who have dropped out of school, Dina resumed her education. She participated in Youth Ambitions, which develops life skills, encourages social change and emphasizes playing a positive role in community development. Dina participated in summer camps and interacted with other children in initiatives like gardening, vaccination awareness and environmental clean ups.
“The activities helped me build my self-confidence and prove to my parents and friends that I’m useful and have a voice. Youth Ambitions showed me that anything is possible… I believe in myself now and I am proud of who I am,” Dina said. “I want to be a teacher one day so I can teach all girls that they are important and that they can be useful to their community.”
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