“Greetings from the High Plateau! I am a teacher in a Vocational School in Qinghai Province. I am proud that my school is part of the Vocational School Scholarship Program and is helping to get girls back into school. I come from a nomadic area in Western Qinghai Province. I grew up in nomadic area and my family were herders. My family struggled financially and got into great debt to ensure that my siblings and I got a good education. I understand first hand how difficult it can be for families. The sacrifice of my parents paid off because now that all my sibling have good jobs, we can help our parents in their old age. I am very proud to have parents who believed in the power of education.”
“I have watched these girls transform from shy and timid girls to confident girls who are confident enough give speeches in front of the school. It gives me a great feeling to experience planting seeds and seeing tall trees grow. I know the girls are grateful for this opportunity and are thankful to those who believed in them enough to support their education.”
The Vocational School Scholarship program is currently providing catch-up vocational education to 220 girls who have had to drop out of school. These girls are studying Nursing, Teaching, Tibetan Medicine, Accounting, Computer Studies and Tourism. The first cohort of students will be completing their education including their internship in July 2019. We are excited to be part of the next chapter in these girl’s lives. Thank you to our Global Sponsorship Family for sponsoring these girls. Thank you to ZURU for funding 50% of this valuable program.
Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.
In August this year, 95 girls joined Captivating's Vocational School Scholarship program, bringing the total of girls in this 3 year program to 277. All these girls were found by our on-the-ground partner [Shamtse] to be out of school. Getting these girls back into school where they can learn a skill that will provide them with independence and job opportunities is important to us at Captivating. It's girls like Zhang who bring special meaning to this program.
62 girls in our second cohort of Vocational School Scholarship Program graduates, completed their courses in July 2020. Most of these girls were only able to go to school up to grade 9, with many dropping out even earlier. The key reasons being financial difficulty, prejudice on the part of their parents not valuing education for girls, and varying family circumstances. Their dreams of a career and independence were gone. But thanks to the Vocational School Scholarship program, dreams are coming true again. Luma is one of our graduating girls and she shares her story.
Tashi entered the Vocational School Scholarship Program in 2018, and took up Preschool Education as her chosen vocational study. Her family used to borrow money so she could study but it all became too difficult financially so she had to drop school in 2017 after she finished grade 8. She shares her experiences and dreams with us.