Promoting quality education for all.


Foundations of Change: Changing the World through Empowered Women and Education

Hanna Batlan, 

As someone who has gone to a private school in an urban city, and to public school in a very suburban district, you might say I have had a very diverse education, reaching all over the spectrum of the American educational system. I have lived 73 percent of my life in schools, learning how to write well developed thoughts, find the cosine of radio waves, and how our bodies reproduce the tiny cells that make us who we are

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LitWorld Stands UP for Girls

Pam Allyn, 

Around the world, the number of people who cannot read or write hovers just under 800 million. Two thirds of this population are women and girls. In preparation for the UN International Day of the Girl on October 11th, LitWorld's Stand Up for Girls campaign is in full swing. Our mission is to mobilize girls and boys, men and women to advocate for every girl's right to tell her story to change the world.

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Pens, Pencils and Books—Oh My!

School supplies are my thing. There was nothing like going to shop for new school supplies each year. I would pack them in a book bag, toss it on my back and head out to a new school year--to see friends, get new workbooks, find my desk and get settled in. This desk would be my space for the next school year--my space to learn, to work and, yes, probably get into a little trouble (I was a talker, what can I say?). But 57 million children around the world don't have access to this and by extension their right to education. They don't get to ready a book bag, button a school uniform, claim a desk next to a friend, and, yes, even get into a little bit of trouble. They won't have a first day of school this year and for some that first day of school will never appear.

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To Choose a Charity

Arika Egan, 

From afar, charity is just giving someone a resource they require. Peering closely, though, several questions come to mind. How do you know which cause you want to support, if a charity shares your values, or how you'll split up your money or time?

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We Can Do More

Brian Callahan, 

Today I joined four of our student advocates at the United Nations in New York City. We were part of the first ever #UNYouthTakeover, with more than 600 youth to celebrate Malala's birthday and to call for world leaders to prioritize education. It was inspiring to hear from so many young people who are advocating on behalf of their fellow students, over 130 million of whom are still denied access to education.

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Girls Learn International-Learning How to Use Our Voice

Kaitin Rizk, 

As I was flipping through the book Half the Sky for a school paper, I stumbled upon an organization called Girls Learn International. I had no idea that it would become so important to me down the road, but I began reading about its mission and was immediately drawn in. The next fall I decided to start a chapter of Girls Learn International (GLI) at my school. Unlike many typical after-school clubs, membership meant not just a fun activity but being a part of improving girl's education around the world. GLI seeks to educate and energize U.S. students in the global movement for girls' access to education. This mission held true at my school--no other club had so much initial enthusiasm!

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Happy Birthday

Like you, I was shocked when the young Pakistani education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, was shot for supporting girls' education in her country. In response, we started a petition drive to send a message our our leaders that we stand with Malala and support the right of all young people worldwide to receive an equitable access to a quality education, including girls who make up the majority of out-of-school youth.

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