For many girls around the world, the prospect of college, or of any form of schooling, was already unlikely, and now, thanks to the pandemic, education is even more out of reach. Keep reading after Fatimah’s story for a glimpse of how the pandemic is impacting other girls’ lives and learning around the globe.
Fatimah, Indonesia, age 24“My friends often call me Faza, which is short for my full name, Fatimah. I am an extrovert, full of liveliness, passion, excitement, persistence, and warmth toward the people around me.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I can no longer leave the house and interact face-to-face with the communities that give my life meaning and purpose. Although I can see people online, not all friends, communities, and girls around me have access to adequate technology and the internet, even in urban areas. The cost of a decent gadget to have a video conferencing application is not cheap, and other challenges include the price of internet data packages and slow or non-existent signals. The communication and the learning process, as well as carrying out actual research, take a long time.
I was a bit miserable at my bachelor's degree commencement earlier this year, forcing a smile for the screen (that’s me in blue, with glasses):