Mobilizing Students to Access Education
Together, World Bicycle Relief and MiiR are partnering to mobilize 100 students in Zambia for academic empowerment with the goal to benefit 500 people, based on a multiplier effect of five people per bike.
Education is essential for ending the cycle of disease and poverty. However, in many rural areas across the globe children are denied access to a basic education due to the barrier of distance. World Bicycle Relief’s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) provides bicycles to students (70% of them girls), teachers and school volunteers to improve access to education and reduce travel time with a goal to improve educational outcomes.
Community Led. Bicycle recipients are selected based on distance traveled and vulnerability criteria established by community members who oversee the program.
Study-to-Own. Students sign a contract whereby the bicycle becomes their personal property after two years. Students agree to attend classes regularly and are encouraged to use the bicycle for improving household livelihood, provided this does not interfere with school attendance.
Appropriate Technology. The Buffalo bicycles used in BEEP are simple, durable bicycles able to withstand the rigors of rural environments.
Sustainable Model. Field Mechanic training keeps WBR’s programs rolling and leads to increased economic opportunities for mechanics, their families and communities.
In the short term, bicycles help children arrive at school less exhausted and help them attend regularly. In the long term, bicycles help children complete their education, preparing them for better jobs and reducing the likelihood of extreme poverty.
Focus on Girl Students
World Bicycle Relief recognizes the value in breaking down barriers for girls, who are often forced to choose between pursuing their education and meeting household obligations. Increasing girls’ access to education has shown to reduce maternal and child mortality rates, lower birth rates, delay marriage and improve economic opportunities for women, households and communities. Gender equality progresses holistically when families and village leaders collectively commit to supporting their girl students riding to school.
- Increased attendance of vulnerable children in community and government schools
- Improved performance of vulnerable children in community and government schools
- Improved retention of girls in junior secondary school
- Improved teacher attendance and access to professional development activities
- Improved livelihoods of bicycle beneficiaries and their families
- Improved safety and security of students traveling to and from school
Did you know?
- 64% of Zambians live on less than $2/day
- 4.7 million children are living in poverty in Zambia
- 875,000 Zambian children under age 14 are not in school
- YOU can help World Bicycle Relief reach their goal to fund 3,200 bicycles for Zambian students this July. DONATE (Update: World Bicycle Relief's July campaign funded 3,686 bikes!)
About World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles and envisions a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.