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More than 60 million girls worldwide are missing out on education. Many of them have to work, care for family members, or marry and have children while they are still children themselves. The problem is particularly acute in conflict zones, poverty-stricken regions, and countries with legal or cultural barriers to girls’ education.
The Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in collaboration with Portugal, Norway, the Ford Foundation, and the Education Above All foundation held a working session to highlight the “girls’ right to education in emergency situations”. The session was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which began last Thursday, and ahead of the world humanitarian summit that will be convened in Istanbul on May 23.
In many parts of the world, girls are still denied their fundamental right to education. When a conflict or a natural disaster strikes, the exclusion is even higher, with girls two-and-a-half times more likely to be out of school than boys. This is unacceptable and it’s why as a European commissioner, boosting support for education in emergencies is a top priority.
“Quase 16 milhões de meninas entre 6 e 11 anos nunca irão à escola, de acordo com levantamento da Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, a Ciência e a Cultura (UNESCO). O número é duas vezes maior que o de meninos, entre os quais 8 milhões nunca frequentarão as salas de aula.”
Campaigner Malala Yousafzai has called for more to be done to educate millions of Syrian refugee children displaced within the country and its neighbours. Nearly half the roughly four million children displaced in the region are not in school, according to a new report by the Malala Fund.
The Government of Norway has signed a Partnership Agreement with the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), worth 5.8 million US Dollars meant for supporting basic education for children and youth in South Sudan. The agreement is an implementation phase of the initiative dubbed “Back to Learning Initiative, launched earlier this year by the Government of South Sudan and UNICEF with an aim to get 400,000 children in the country back to school and learning by the end of 2015.
Increasing access to education for girls worldwide requires first changing laws and cultures that make women unsafe, First Lady Michelle Obama told an international conference of educators.
“If we truly want to get girls into our classrooms, we need to have an honest conversation about how we view and treat women in our societies,” Obama told the World Innovation Summit for Education.
“(...)Por exemplo, do ensino médio para baixo as mulheres estão muito bem representadas. Há muito mais professoras do que professores nessa camada do sistema de ensino. Mas quando analisamos a estrutura administrativa do país, desde as comissões de moradores, às administrações comunais, municipais e instituições públicas em geral, vamos ver que as mulheres começam a desaparecer da lista.”
1 fille sur 5 dans le monde reste privée d’école. Pourtant, instruire une fille pendant 9 ans lui permet de changer son destin et celui de son pays. En étudiant pendant 9 ans, elle voit son futur revenu augmenter de 10 % à 20 % ce qui participe directement à l’amélioration de la croissance de son pays.
Envoyer une fille à l’école, c’est lui donner la possibilité d’acquérir des connaissances qui lui permettront de prétendre à un métier et de construire son avenir.
Le 11 octobre 2015, le monde célébre la Journée Internationale des filles. A cette occasion, le Réseau français de la Campagne mondiale pour l’éducation rappelle les inégalités auxquelles sont confrontées les filles en matière d’accès à l’éducation dans les pays en développement. Les gouvernements doivent investir dans l’éducation des filles.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly alongside 193 youth representatives from the Organisation’s 193 Member States, Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai today asked world leaders to promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education. “World leaders sitting there, look up because the future generation is raising their voice,” Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes, told hundreds of senior government officials in a stirring address delivered from the highest mezzanine of the General Assembly Hall.
It is what drives Mazoun Almellehan to her core. Mazoun’s deep brown eyes and quick smile betray a depth of intelligence and understanding beyond her teenage years. Her ardent advocacy of education, especially for refugee children like herself, has earned her the title “the Malala of Syria” after education campaigner Malala Yousafzai.
“Projecto Melika, abreviatura de “Mukai Efimbo Lyove lyefIKA” (na língua Nyaneka-Nkhumbe), que em português significa “mulher, chegou a tua hora”. É um projecto de desenvolvimento comunitário multifacetado (agricultura, saúde e educação), mas que actualmente está focado na área da educação”
“Enquanto alguns defendem a extinção dos ritos de iniciação, responsabilizando a prática pelas desistências nas escolas, outros preferem evitar uma colisão das mensagens com os costumes das comunidades.”
They are all Malala. Four defiant, courageous girls who stand toe-to-toe with the education campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Four ordinary girls who have done extraordinary things representing thousands of Malalas across this dark and dangerous world.