Promoting quality education for all.

The New Water Cycle: How a Lack of Water Affects Girls’ Education

Hannah Weintraub, 

This morning before I went to school, I spent about ten minutes tidying my room in an attempt to appease my mom in her quest for cleanliness. After half-heartedly chipping away at the piles of clutter that were strewn around, I felt satisfied and began to prepare for school. Leaving my chore unfinished came with few consequences other than a slightly agitated parent and an increasingly decrepit bedroom.

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Students: Problem Solvers for our Future

Lisa Glenn, 

At New Global Citizens, we kicked off February by facilitating a Global Leaders Workshop for Phoenix area colleges. During the workshop, students were introduced to the great challenges facing the world, including those enumerated in the UN Millennium Development Goals: child mortality, HIV/AIDS, universal education, poverty and hunger, etc. Some students had vast knowledge of the issues, while others had very little before entering the room. Over the course of the day, students examined an issue, researched causes, imagined solutions, and created action plans to address the issues. For me, the most remarkable part of the day came when student groups were asked to select an issue on which they believed was the most pressing for the world today. Almost unanimously, the groups chose universal education. Over and over again, I listened to groups explain how education supported all of the other goals that the world has agreed upon.

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Now In School, But Not Learning: Taking the Next Step on Girls’ Education

Erin Kelly, 

Around the world, more girls than ever before have access to an education, thanks partly to the Millennium Development Goals' focus on universal access to education. That's the good news. But though girls now have access to school at record levels, there are many differences from one region to the next and many are not receiving a quality education once they're in school. This ‘silent crisis' affects millions of girls around the world and is preventing them from pulling themselves -- and their families -- out of poverty.

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A Growing Movement

PJ Kadzik , 

There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world today, all part of the largest youth generation this world has ever seen. While girls in the United States are more educated, socially connected, and empowered than ever before, many girls in developing countries still struggle for basic rights like the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor, or have a voice in their communities.

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Why Girls’ Education in Malawi?

Leah Crenson, 

"Why girls' education?" and "why Malawi?" are some of the most common questions we hear at AGE Africa. In light of recent events such as the world's celebration of International Day of the Girl and the tragic shooting of Malala Yousafzai for attending school, one thing is clear: more people need to know exactly and with no shadow of a doubt why girls education, primary, secondary and beyond is so important.

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Marco, Polo

I was a nerd as a kid, so my favorite thing to do was read. I also used to be a pretty big fan of roller skating, and sometimes making up plays or songs, oh and spending summer days at the pool (playing Marco, Polo of course)-but I digress. All of that to say though, that I was allowed to be a kid. I went to school, I did homework, I did my chores and I was a kid.

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Celebrating 500 Schools Built Globally, 1 Million Hours Served Nationally

Carrie Pena, 

At buildOn, we believe the power of our programs lie in the direct connection between U.S. inner-city students and community members in rural villages around the globe. While U.S. students work to rebuild their neighborhoods through service, villagers around the globe are contributing volunteer labor to build schools for their children. And through buildOn's Trek for Knowledge Program, these two seemingly different groups of people are joined together in one goal: to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

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Turning a Day into a Movement: Why you should support Day of the Girl

Eliana Stanislawski, 

One of the most significant hurdles in enrolling all children in school and keeping them there is the high drop-out rate of girls across the globe, as well as the dismaying amount that were never enrolled at all. Therefore advocating for basic global education dictates advocating for gender equity. Girls make up for over half of children not in school worldwide. Keeping girls in school makes them safer, healthier, more powerful citizens of the world and has corresponding effects on the whole world.

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A Road From Poverty

Facia Sirleaf, 

The beginning of the school year always provides me with a time to reflect on why education is important. While some people might take education for granted, my experiences have helped me develop a passion for learning, and a strong belief that education and literacy provide the best foundation for economic and social improvement.

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