YI CHILDREN IN DALIANGSHAN
In the province of Daliangshan, China, there is a highly unbalanced ratio of boys to girls who stay enrolled in school.
Existing prejudices within the Yi culture undervalue girls’ education and daughters are usually the first to drop out compared to sons when economic pressures affect their families. This perpetuates a cycle that prevents changes for a rural Yi girl’s future, as dropping out of school also means giving up the path to a different life from her parents. In order to counter this pattern and support more Yi girls to complete school, special attention is paid to girls in the villages reached by this project. This project works to create a favorable environment for the inclusion of girls in schools, their ability to persist in their studies, and the challenging of stereotypes that inhibit their rights to education.