In nations like Bangladesh, while many daughters’ hope of studying would eventually lead to alternative careers, without their wage contribution, their families will not be able to assist them.
However, the Asian University for Women (AUW), Pathways for Promise launched a program that hopes to solve this problem by identifying women showing academic talent and providing them with education and a stipend that reduces the financial burden that allows them to study freely.
While some skepticism surrounded the Pathways for Promise initially, the program is being met with increased acceptance.
In an interview with NBC News Asian-America, Kamal Ahmad (university founder) said that:
The impact they can have on being an example in the community and propelling others to follow suit is much more impressive and persuasive. Being the first one has a way of altering the pathways of the family.Kamal Ahmad
Asides business studies, writing, reading comprehension, another important aspect component of the curriculum of students is performing arts.
Masud Rahman, a dance, performing arts, and music teacher explained that
They are very much underprivileged students, and what happens, the environment for most of them makes them introverted. Performing arts helps them to become more extroverted and communicate well and express themselves. It is giving the students a new language to express their rights without any hesitation and fear.Masud Rahman
When I first started at AUW, I felt nervous because I thought my English was not good enough. However, I quickly made friends and my teachers were very friendly and supportive. I feel much more confident now, and I believe the opportunity to come to AUW has been the greatest gift of my entire life.Chuma Chakma (Alumna of Pathways for Promise)