In Ecuador, 31% of adolescent women do not take secondary school graduation examinations. This percentage reaches 44% in indigenous areas, 42% among Afro-Ecuadorian population groups, and 33% among the Montubio population. It is estimated that 149,572 girls aged five to 17 do not go to school because they have to do domestic work, and that 13% of Montubio girls, 15% of Afro-descendant girls and 17% of indigenous girls are domestic workers.
Plan International Ecuador is committed to strengthening the capacities of children, adolescents and members of the community, civil society organisations and local governments to demand greater access, quality and governance in education. We offer scholarships to children to help them progress in their studies and to keep them at school, and we enable mothers and fathers to access training, so that they understand the importance of promoting and demanding the right to education for their sons and daughters.
We remain key campaigners in Ecuador. Through our ‘Girls’ Letters’ campaign, 1,300 girls have been empowered through workshops in which they wrote letters talking about the obstacles they face to be able to develop fully and gain an education. They then painted their dreams and aspirations for their lives. The letters and paintings have been used to raise awareness in Ecuadorian society of the discrimination, violence and lack of protection suffered by girls, especially the most vulnerable.