A leadership training program for young women that addresses the urgency of pursuing higher education
October, 2016 - Ongoing. Dhaka - 3.5 Billion Reasons is a leadership training program for young women that addresses the urgency of pursuing higher education and the gap of education and leadership opportunities between urban and rural female students in Bangladesh. The female literacy rate of Bangladesh has increased considerably over the past years, along with leadership opportunities. However, this scenario only exists in urban Bangladesh and, if we go to any rural area, the scenery completely changes. In the rural areas of Bangladesh, female students are deprived from these opportunities and there exists an education gap which causes a socio-cultural rift between the inhabitants of the rural and urban Bangladesh. The program, 3.5 Billion Reasons, seeks to close the gap in education and leadership opportunities by training a group of female students and equipping them with the necessary tools to pursue higher education and create opportunities for other students. Throughout the month of October, 3.5 Billion Reason’s social media campaign was launched along with schools, students, mentors, speakers and trainers being finalized for the workshop on the first week of November.