Promoting quality education for all.

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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So you watched Girl Rising

So you watched Girl Rising and you are dealing with a mix of emotions. You are upset because girls like Suma are bonded in labor for their lives with no chance of attending school. You are saddened because girls like Yasmin are attacked -their childhood taken in the process. But you are also inspired by quiet and strong Senna's love of poetry, triumphant with leader Mariama when she was able to keep her radio show and when determined Wadley was permitted to stay in school.

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Girl Rising

Girl Rising is coming to a T.V. screen near you! On June 16 at 9 p.m., CNN will show Girl Rising, an inspirational documentary showing the power of education (confirm with your local listings). So get together a group of friends, and be inspired to act through the resilience of seven girls from seven countries (Haiti, Peru, Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia) around the world.
See our action sheet below, which is a great handout to provide at your screening.

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How a rusted and worn chair gave birth to an advocate

Hannah Weintraub, 

My first taste of activism came when I was nine years old. I was sitting in a giant circle on the cracked basketball court at my summer camp. In the center of the ring of people stood a rusted and worn chair. Each person at my camp would have the opportunity to exclaim his or her concern just by standing up, walking to the center of the basketball court, and touching the chair. Once someone's hand graced that beat-up seat, the circle would become silent, awaiting the problems that the speaker would address.

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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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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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