Children are the future of our society
Without an education, children are at risk of health problems, poverty, and may not be able to turn their dream jobs or dreams into reality. Every child that wants an education should have the opportunity to receive one. This page will focus mostly on lack of education for young girls around the world, but that does not mean that young boys in some countries are not affected by problems that limit their opportunity to an education.
50 million girls of secondary school age are denied an education. Some factors that lead to their lack of education are the following examples:
- long and dangerous routes to get to school
- higher level schooling is too expensive
- females are sometimes pressured into early marriage and traditional female roles
Education can change a child's future. These are some ways girls are effected by better and more schooling:
- earns 20% more per year of schooling she finishes
- Is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship
- has fewer and healthier children
She's The First is an organization that provides scholarships for girls in low-income families around the world that do not have the opportunity they deserve to receive an education. Since 2010, they have given 2,674 scholarships to young girls who needed it. The following videos are examples of girls that received help from She's The First.
Facts that should frighten you:
- At the start of the 21st century, about 120 million children were deprived of an education
- Of these 120 million, approximately 60% were girls
- About two thirds of these children were from sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
- almost 900 million children were illiterate and two-thirds of these were females
- If all women in developing countries finished high school, deaths of children under 5 would fall by 49%.
To help girls receive a scholarship so they can go to school, you can donate! To contribute to She's the First, click here:
To help fundraise for girls who need it, click this button to join the effort or to create your own fundraiser:
Inspiring Story of Malala
Malala Yousafzai advocates for girls all around the world who deserve an education that they aren't receiving.
Born in July of 1997 in Mingora, a Swat District of northwest Pakistan, Malala always loved learning and going to school. Her father also was a huge promoter of education and he ran a school in another Swat District. The both of them received death threats from the Taliban on account of their efforts to increase the amount of children obtaining an education. This did not scare them from continuing to help girls and boys. In 2011, Malala was awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. The attention and recognition she was getting made the Taliban angry, and their leaders voted to kill her.
On October 9th, 2012, a masked man came on a school bus she was on and shot her. The bullet went through her head, neck, and shoulder. Miraculously, she survived the attack but was severely injured and spent several months in a hospital in the United Kingdom for treatment. People all across Pakistan protested against the Taliban and this attack upset people all around the world. Over two million people signed a petition for the right to education.
Once she recovered in 2013, she and her father cofounded The Malala Fund to create awareness and encourage young women to speak up for their right to an education. The goal of this organization is to make it so that all girls around the world receive at least 12 years of education.
Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and contributed her entire prize money to a create secondary school for girls in Pakistan. She continues to dedicate her life to advocating for girls.
Watch this video to see Malala's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech:
You can see how intelligent and inspiring she is. She fights for her rights admirably. If you want to donate to the Malala Fund, click the following button. In the top right corner, you can see that there are tabs for many other ways in which you can help, such as fundraising and giving gifts.
Women's Ways of Knowing
Mary Field Belenky, Blythe Mcvicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule wrote a book called Women's Ways of Knowing about how women feel as though they are not worthy enough to have their own voice. The book describes how gender equality is still not yet reached, specifically relating to education. The authors interviewed 135 women and then reported and analyzed how the women feel about where they are and how they learn. Five stages for how they gain knowledge are described in depth. Here are the five stages summarized:
Silence: These women basically have no voice of their own and they completely rely on others to communicate knowledge. They are afraid of being punished for speaking and talking about yourself is unreasonable.
Received Knowledge: Women in this stage receive information and reproduce it. They never produce their own original knowledge and ideas and they look to others for self knowledge instead of thinking they can grow. They have a dualistic way of thinking.
Subjective Knowledge: These women believe that truth is in personal and first hand experiences. These women begin to have a sense of their own voice but they still have a fear that their opinions will effect their connections with others.
Procedural Knowledge: Knowledge is acquired from intuition and from external sources. Women analyze and more carefully observe and think about what they believe. They think that everyone looks at the world through a different point of view.
Constructed Knowledge: Women have developed their own voice and integrate their intuition with what they have learned from external authorities. They come up with new ways of thinking and have a personal narrative sense of self.
The authors go on to describe how education should be altered to help women learn and give them a chance to have their own voice. It seems to be preferred that a more impersonal approach should be taken so that women can develop a sense of independence and responsibility. They also deserve support but should understand how thinking can be imperfect because we are all just human.