Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Girl Rising!

This past week, I pulled together a film screening at the school where I teach. I was so excited to share Girl Rising with my students!

Girl Rising highlights the power of education to change a girl – and the world - by sharing the stories of nine girls from around the world. Each of the featured girls faces tremendous obstacles while striving to obtain an education. 

Here are some of the hard facts about girls’ education via The Girl Effect :

  • There are 170 million children across the world that do not attend school.. and of those children, 70 % are girls.
  • It is estimated that, of those girls who are enrolled at school, 100 million will drop out of school before they even complete their primary school education
  • In developing countries, 1 girl out of 7 will marry before they turn 15 and 38% will marry before they are 18.
  • Almost 50% of girls become mothers before the age of 18.
  • Pregnancy is the leading cause of death of girls between the ages of 15 – 19 worldwide.
  • Of the youth infected with HIV/Aids in Africa, 75% are girls.
  • Research has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child care and a higher level of schooling among mothers.
  • When women and girls receive an income, they re-invest 90% of their income into their families, as opposed to 30-40% for men.
  • Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.
  • When a girl in the developing world receives an education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
Over the course of our film screening, 100 students each donated $2 towards 10x10a global action campaign for girls' education, producers of the Girl Rising documentary. The 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education gets the money where it matters: Donations to the Fund are shared evenly among impact partners, who provide girl-focused resources like scholarships, health care services and critical life-skills training. Our donation of $200 is enough to provide a year's education for four elementary schooled girls!

Our school is very thankful to Honest Tea and Kind Snacks for supporting our Girl Rising film screening by donating juices and snacks. Honest Tea offers delicious, truly healthy, organic beverages, free of harmful pesticides or hormones; Kind Snacks specializes in fruit and nut bars and granola that are 100% natural, healthy and tasty. (I personally love the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan Bars!) Best of all, both of these companies make a point of giving back to the local and world community. Thanks Honest Tea and Kind Snacks for making our Girl Rising film screening extra special!

I hope that through watching this movie, my students can see better the gift they have been given - a free education - and perhaps think twice before throwing it away. Even more, I hope that perhaps one day they will use their education and inherent gifts to initiate change in their own communities. 

Here's your chance to host a film screening festival of your own! On June 16th and June 22nd, CNN will broadcast Girl Rising internationally on primetime television. Watch it with your friends, watch it with your kids, pop a bowl of popcorn and watch it by yourself. 10x10 is encouraging hosting a viewing party and is providing some tools to support you: Click here to find out more. 


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