Birth Certificates

Girls in Senegal often do not have the opportunity to attend secondary school because they lack a birth certificate. Without this formal registration, children are not permitted to take the national Secondary School Entrance Examination. The cost of a Senegalese birth certificate is 25 USD and over half of the families in Senegal live on 2 USD or less a day. Therefore, many children are unregistered because their families face other needs that are given greater priority. Only 62% of Senegalese children are registered. This problem arises in many African countries including Mozambique, Uganda, and Togo. Moreover, a larger percentage of boys are enrolled in primary school than girls, suggesting that boys are more likely to be registered at birth than girls. To address this disparity and give more girls a chance to realize their hopes and dreams, ELEVEate has an initiative to purchase birth certificates for girls residing in the Kaolack region of the Republic of Senegal. An application must be submitted that includes an essay identifying career goals, along with information on prior school performance, and family economic stature.

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