What is sustainable development?
“Sustainable development” is commonly defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The term is coined and popularized by the 1987 Brundtland Report, titled “Our Common Future”, a report commissioned by the UN.
Industrialization has been occurring on an unprecedented scale and speed worldwide; unbridled economic growth in many places has led to environmental degradation, ecological devastation, social breakdown, and worsening inequality. We believe that an alternative path to a more sustainable development, through education, training, and advocacy, is necessary and possible. This is the guiding principle of the Zigen Fund.
Why does Zigen emphasize girls’ education?
First of all, we believe elementary and secondary education is a basic human right, which should be guaranteed to both sexes. However, in many societies, girls’ education is ignored and undervalued. The earliest Zigen projects focused on girls’ education to address the huge disparity in enrollment rates observed in rural China.
Subsequently, research all over the world has consistently demonstrated that investing in girls’ education is one of the best ways to promote social development in poor rural communities. Better educated girls tend to stay in the local communities and contribute more to its development as citizens and as mothers.
It has been widely demonstrated that education and empowerment of women is the most effective means to improve the livelihood of families and communities.
While continuing to support girls’ education, Zigen’s programs and projects have now evolved to include community based development for villages and migrant workers, and training for teachers and rural leadership.
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