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So today I witnessed something that changed my day, last Tuesday when the children were doing drills one of the 8 year old boys ran in front of one of the girls and tried to skip the line. I pulled him to the side and told him “you would always be a gentleman” “and she would always be a lady” I explained further to him. Today the young lady showed up at training late, the boy gave up his spot on the line for her. He looked at me and smiled. My eyes got teary. More than just Basketball.
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“Lets’s help our future leaders, evolve into a healthier and stronger generation, let’s teach them a more constructive path”
Time for a quick #ThrowbackThursday
Not one single secondary school girl we met had a way to study at night. What a happy day this was in 2012, after we funded the development of the first solar and wind-up light, called the Lifelight. 150 Lifelights were distributed to Somali and South Sudanese refugee girls (in their school uniforms) at the Dadaab camps in Kenya. #WorldRefugeeWeek
Meet Devotte, a then-14-year-old Burundian refugee who was also the first recipient of our solar and wind-up Lifeline radio in 2003. At the time, there were 500,000 refugees in 12 camps in Western Tanzania. Devotte lived in a refugee camp called Nduta. 500 youth listening group leaders were selected by UNHCR to receive our radios to learn about HIV/AIDS and other issues impacting refugees. #WorldRefugeeDay2018
“The radios are of great benefit to our education programmes. In the areas where children are using wind-up radios, the programme is experiencing no problems at all. The teachers wind it up or put it in the sun and can listen to the lessons. In the areas where there are no Lifeline Energy radios, there are big problems because there is no money for batteries.”
In the year 2018, it’s hard to imagine that there are parts of the world where there are substantially fewer girls in the classroom compared to boys, but in some countries, this is the reality.
In 2013, UNESCO reported that there are 4 million fewer boys than girls out of school on a primary level worldwide. 31 million girls of primary school age aren’t in school, and of this number 17 million are expected to never enter school. Three countries have more than a million young girls not in primary school: Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
On top of this, another 34 million young women aren’t in secondary school. They aren’t learning basic skills to help them work, or achieve higher education. If we don’t act now, this will have a longer-lasting effect in the future. Today, two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female. -
Education can prevent hunger, and lessen childhood marriages and births. Young women around the world deserve better than this.
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