“On International Day of the Girl, Proof That Education is Power” – 10/20/13 – Taylor Muentener

“On International Day of the Girl, Proof That Education is Power” by Kakenya Ntaiya 10/11/13

The focus of UNICEF’s 2013 International Day of the Girl Child, which took place on October 11, 2013, was “innovating for girls’ education.” An overwhelming 36 million girls are denied the right to basic education. These girls face a much different destiny than they deserve. Statistically, a girls’ life improves dramatically with more education, she will delay the age of marriage and her first child, and in addition she is more likely to have fewer children. When able to go to school, they face additional obstacles, for instance continuing their household duties in addition to attending school. Unfortunately, many uneducated young women undergo female genital mutilation, a process that creates lifelong health problems, or are forced into child marriage. Many young women lack knowledge of their rights, which perpetuates the cycle of no or little female education. In 2008,the Kakenya Center for Excellence, an all girls primary school, was founded in the Massai region of Kenya. Since its founding, 300 girls have learned their rights and about half have begun attending school. The creation of the primary school for girls has led the community to acknowledge and proclaim that women must receive education because girls and boys are equals in society.

Find full text here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/11/on-international-day-of-the-girl-proof-that-education-is-power/from National Geographic Explorers Journal

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