Today we want to talk to you about the power of educating girls. One of the first things you will get to know about Daya Trust, is how passionate we are about seeing girls educated.
Maybe you were born in a family that valued education. Maybe you were born in a country where good healthcare and nutritious food ensured your brain and your body was ready to learn. Maybe you were born in a country where it was safe to walk to school, and safe to be at school. Or maybe you were born somewhere different.
Every country has its own riches, values and challenges. To say that one country is right, while another is wrong, smacks of self-importance and arrogance.
But when the majority of the world’s people agree on something, then we like to think it’s the right thing to do. This is where the Power of We comes in. The majority of the world agrees: GIRLS DESERVE TO BE EDUCATED.
“Girls and women must be our priority”
– Ban-ki Moon
When the United Nations released the Millennium Development Goals, the collective world gained focus. Ending Poverty and Hunger, accessing Universal Education, providing Gender Equality, improving Child Health and Maternal Health, and Combating HIV/Aids can all be tackled through educating girls.
Our world is filled with governments, NGOs, private corporations, and individuals all working to improve access to education for girls. At Daya Trust, we’re just one part of the collective power of ‘We’.
There is no magic formula here, but together we can (and are) making a difference for girls, so there are more and more girls who can access and complete their education.
“The future must not belong to those that bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams, just like our sons.” – Barack Obama
Over the past week, we’ve watched with great sadness as 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in their efforts to stop her public voice about the importance of educating girls. Malala’s school was closed in January of this year, yet she continued to blog about her right to education. The world has collectively stood up and denounced the shooting. The collective voice again has power to enact change.
What can I do?
Learn about what’s happening | Learn what life is like for the majority of the world’s girls | Take a stand | Raise and donate some funds | Raise awareness | Talk to your friends | Start a blog | Join an organisation working to educate girls | Start a group | Write to politicians | Make a video | Visit a school
Add your voice to the ‘power of we’ and bring education to the world’s girls. Positive change starts with education.