girls education in africa by: NOra Quigley

Many young girls in Africa are lacking in one important civil right, education. Girls in Africa are being cut off from the educational system forced to work at home or be married very young. Most girls in Africa are not going to school and will never set foot into a school. They are forced to live each day under the shroud of poverty while the only thing that will get them out is an education. 28 million girls between the age of 6 and 15 are not getting any education. (The World Bank) Their education should be priority for the nation where they live and it is not at this point in time. Education is a civil right and should be accessible for everyone despite gender or race.

In 2016 Peace Proposal, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, educator and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee emphasized the importance of education in building youth solidarity. A united group of young people- to take courageous action to achieve a sustainable global community.

Education for African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement and in Africa today are similar for many reasons. The loop of poverty is a big problem for both of these eras. They are both stuck in a loop of poverty which does not allow them to get an education. In the civil rights era, statistics show that people of African American descent were more likely to drop out and not finish high school compared to their white peers. (Statistic Worksheet) They dropped out because of racial tensions and poverty. They also dropped out because many of them believed that they could not accomplish anything in the country at the time. For them their was no hope for a better future so why should they try to change something they could not change. Then eventually they grow up and the loop of poverty and illiteracy start all over again. In Africa, many girls are forced to marry extremely young and are more likely to die of childbirth than finish their primary schooling. They never get the chance to finish their education and are stuck where they are. (Africa Education Trust)

Another reason they are similar is because even if they did have the chance to go to school the schools were in horrible conditions. Both the Blacks of the civil rights movement and the girls in Africa today experience cruel learning conditions. In the Civil Rights era the learning conditions and schoolhouses for African Americans were subpar. These schools were at the mercy of the white controlled states for their funding. (Virginia Historical Society) Their books were old, the conditions of the school houses were rough, and the teachers were dreadful a handful of the time. This is similar to the conditions in Africa today. Young girls are forced to go to school in horrible conditions. The Schools in Africa don’t provide proper facilities for girls including sanitation facilities. (Africa Education Trust) On average in these classrooms, one child is sharing a textbook with three other children and only 22% of those classrooms have electricity. (World Bank) They are also in need of qualified teachers to teach the large amount of pupils that need teaching.

"The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in the door and take your seat at the table-all starts with education." -Michelle Obama on Girl's Education

"When you invest in the education of a girl, she feeds herself, her children, her community, and her nation."-Prime Minister Erna Solburg of Norway

There are many ways that citizens can get involved in this issue. By helping with organizations, donating, and speaking about the issue anyone can help this cause. There are many organizations that are helping strive for girls education in Africa. Girl Up is one of those organizations. Girl Up is a program that helps support women and girls around the world as well as funding girls education worldwide. To help with Girl Up you can become a teen advisor or volunteer at their events around the country. You can also help by donating. Another organization that helps support girls education is One Girl. One girl specifically works on supporting girls education in developing countries in Africa. You can make an impact by fundraising for the girls in Africa. Another way to help is to become an ambassador for One Girl and joining the One Girl team. Donations also help the cause. These are all ways to help support girls education and their are many more possibilities to make a change with this issue.

"The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls that go to school and those who stand up for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons." -Barack Obama

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"Educating Girls in Africa." One Girl. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"Girls and Women - Africa Educational Trust." Africa Educational Trust RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Schuetze, Christopher F. "Bringing Education to African Girls." The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 Nov. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Thomas, Donelda. "1957- My Year." Pinterest. N.p., 09 Oct. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Virginia Historical Society." Virginia Historical Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Uniting Girls to Change the World | United Nations Foundation." Girl Up. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

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