"I was determined to study, because I wanted to learn to speak for my rights."
Maria's willingness to learn was the proof that she wanted to make a difference for her community. She was one of the students from a PEP school, and now she had an opportunity to experience the Women's Empowerment Training (WEG). She deeply believes in the importance for girls to be educated.
Through the WEG training, Maria has learned the skills to interact with women in her community, and to motivate them about education. She learned about some important issues such as health, consequences of early marriage, and the social and financial education. Learning about these issues have helped her to become wise and confident for the future.
She actively participated in the WEG training and also helped the other women to participate.
During the training, Maria shared an experience that motivated her to study hard. The reason she was so determined to study was because once she knew a girl in her community who had to face many troubles because of being uneducated. The girl got married when she was young, and unfortunately she had to face the awful behavior of her in laws. They used to beat her and behaved rudely towards her, but she didn't know that she had a right to stop the abuse that happened to her.
Maria was very discouraged by what she saw, and since that time she is very determined to work for girls' education and women rights.
Maria has a dream, that all the girls of her community would be able to have an education, so that they could have equal rights and a better future.