By Viv, 7th grade member of Global Equality Now!
The Burleigh Manor MS chapter of Global Equality Now (GEN!) hosted a movie night showing “What Tomorrow Brings” on May 12, 2017. This POV documentary film is about the first school for girls in a remote Afghan village.
Around 40 people attended the movie night in Ellicott City, Maryland and afterward participated in discussion groups led by GEN! members. Audience members had a lot to say, and their responses revealed that they were touched by the struggles of the Afghani girls and their teachers. Everyone agreed that more needs to be done to ensure equal access to education around the world.
We raised $735 through ticket and food sales, and donations. Our goal was to raise $750 to send ten girls to school in Mali for a year. We thank everyone that came to the film and donated! A big thanks to POV and director Beth Murphy for allowing us to show this inspiring film. We also want to thank the SGU chapter from Murray Hill Middle School, who shared what they learned about hosting a successful movie night at the Howard County SGU Summit. Their tips were key to our success!
We are already beginning to plan for the 2017-18 school year. Although we will continue to raise funds for the Mali Scholarship Program, our main objective will be raise awareness about, and advocate for, gender inequality in education and the education crisis in developing countries for girls and boys. We believe that education has the power to change the world for the better. Education is a basic human right, and we plan to tell our leaders that it should be a priority!
For more info about this documentary, visit: http://www.pbs.org/pov/whattomorrowbrings/