Announcing 1/24 New Annual International Day of Education

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As of 2019 . . .

> 262 million children and youth still do not attend school

> 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math

> Less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school (9th grade)

> 4 million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

The United Nations has established January 24 as the new annual International Day of Education to focus attention on this ongoing global crisis. This is a great tie-in with the International Day of the Girl Child, now observed on October 11. Check out the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality Education) and Goal 5 (Gender Equality).

 

Members of the Bay Shore High School Day of the Girl Committee (photo by Diana R.)

Bay Shore SGU Chapter Holds Successful Fundraiser on the Day of the Girl!

Written by Juliette K.

Recently, Bay Shore High School of Bay Shore, NY celebrated its first ever celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2017. The day consisted of a 3 presentations highlighting issues girls face around the world with over 150 students in attendance.

The day began with activist Naila Amin, a survivor of child marriage. Having her story shared on such platforms as the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and the New York Times, she is making a difference one step at time through awareness and action. Continue reading “Bay Shore SGU Chapter Holds Successful Fundraiser on the Day of the Girl!”

“Wonder Girls” Highlights SGU’s Impact and Legacy

School Girls Unite is one of 15 girl-powered initiatives across 13 countries featured in a new book co-authored by Paola Gianturco and her 11-year-old granddaughter Alex Sangster. Paola launched her book tour in DC to recognize our 2011 victorious grassroots campaign to mobilize US support to establish the UN International Day of the Girl, observed annually on October 11. Continue reading ““Wonder Girls” Highlights SGU’s Impact and Legacy”

Photo of School Girls Unite scholarship students smiling in front of a chalkboard.

Mali Girls Scholarship Program News

Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of our sister organization, says “Even though the conflict in Mali is extremely tense, there is a little hope and good news.” During her recent trip to the villages, parents express their eagerness for their daughters to go to school.  Many of the girls who receive our scholarships confirm this attitude. Djéneba Doumbia reports:

My grandfather and my father encouraged me a lot to continue my studies.”

Even mothers, who need their daughters to help at home, tell Les Filles Unies how proud they are that their girls can read and write. What’s really promising is that many of the scholars interviewed recently by Les Filles Unies say they feel more respected. Kadia Coulibaly, who just completed 6th grade, claims:

At my school, now the girls and boys are treated the same way, and in fact in my class the girls are doing better than the boys.” Continue reading “Mali Girls Scholarship Program News”

Art Contest to Promote Gender Equality in Education

At Burleigh Manor Middle School, students in the Global Equality Now! club hosted an art contest to promote gender equality in education. Six students entered the contest and it was very hard to choose who would win. Emilie, an eighth grader, won the art contest with a drawing depicting Malala, the peace dove, books, and gender equality using crayons! Emilie was awarded a $20 gift card to a well-known coffee chain for her winning picture. Continue reading “Art Contest to Promote Gender Equality in Education”