Heather Saunders from Plan UK looks ahead to International Day of the Girl and explores some of Plan’s teaching resources on girls’ education.
11th October 2013 is the second ever International Day of the Girl, which was launched last year by the UN after a campaign led by the global-children’s charity, Plan. It is an exciting moment to highlight the power of education to transform girls’ lives and show the world why education and the rights of adolescent girls should be a global priority.
Why is Day of the Girl important?
At least one in five girls around the world are denied an education due to poverty, conflict and discrimination. In developing countries, one in nine girls are married by the age of 15, all too often ending their education early and preventing them from fulfilling their potential. But we know that educated girls are less likely to encounter abuse and violence, and more likely to be literate and healthy.
In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets agreed at the UN focussed on promoting development and reducing poverty, come to an end. The discussions about what the next set of goals should be are in full swing and now is time to make sure that a girl’s right to education is at the top of the list.
Plan UK are celebrating International Day of the Girl with schools across the country. We believe that one of the best places to talk about the right to education is in schools, where education happens every day.
For further reading and resources on girls’ rights and girls’ education issues, take a look through the following links:
- Resources tagged ‘education’
- Resources tagged ‘gender’
- Resources tagged ‘child rights’
- International Day of the Girl – global calendar event
- Fight Poverty: Educate Girls – global issues article
What do you think about girls’ rights and education? Do you hold the same opinion as Plan UK? Should girls’ education be a global priority to reduce poverty? Add your comments below…
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