Even when girls do attend school, they often do so at great risk.
First Lady Michelle Obama, 2014 YALI Summit (via exchangealumni)
usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

usengageun:

Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. 

Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF

ourplanetourocean:

Could education be the key to saving our oceans?

by Olivia and Carter Ries - Founders of OneMoreGeneration.org

Olivia" - As we attended the ‘Our Oceans’ conference at the State Department last week it became apparent that there are a whole lot of people and countries who care for the future of our oceans.  We heard experts from around the globe way-in on such issues as Ocean Acidification, Overfishing/Illegal Fishing and even about the issue of Marine Debris and Plastic Pollution. 

We were all so excited to see the level of participation from so many countries and the sincere compassion participants demonstrated as they mapped out their plans to help our oceans.  It was especially encouraging to hear how much support both financially and legislatively most participants were prepared to offer as they learned about the perils facing our oceans globally.

We heard pledges being made designed to protect even larger areas around various land masses and we were especially moved by the actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he committed an additional 7-million dollars to help create marine sanctuaries.  But the one thing we did not hear… from anyone, was the word ‘Education’.  As future leaders of the next generation, we feel that everyone is missing a key component to the solution and that is teaching kids (our generation) about ways they too can get involved.  We know first hand that if you teach kids about the issue, they are all too eager to want to be part of the solution.

Carter" - If I may elaborate a little more on what Olivia has already pointed out.

It is all fine and well to create a marine sanctuary and to seek out solutions which will ensure we are producing less carbon and creating larger no-fishing zones to allow species the opportunity to restore themselves to safe levels, or to seek ways we can work with manufacturers to ensure that they are producing less plastics etc.  But, unless you incorporate some sort of global education program designed to reach the next generation of leaders and teach them at an early age and show them how they too can be the solution to the issue of plastic pollution, what have we accomplished?  

Plastic pollution will continue to find its way into our oceans and eventually into the very ocean sanctuaries being created.  We are producing more plastic waste than can ever be recycled.  Most people here in the US and even in most countries don’t even understand how a recycling system works.  Most people think that just because they are sending all their plastic trash to a recycle center, they are doing their part to make a difference but the reality is that they are not.

My sister and I travel around the country and have even traveled abroad visiting recycle centers and teaching kids about what we call “Precycling” and how that actually is even more important than recycling.  What we would like to see is that the US and other countries take a serious look at providing an educational component to their ocean strategy.   

We have already created a curriculum which was written to match the latest National Standards for science and we have even infused math, literacy and art throughout the program.  We learned about the issue of plastic pollution while helping with the animal rescue efforts during the BP Gulf oil spill and we know first hand that if you give students the education they need on the issue, we can and will find the solution.

In closing, we wish to thank everyone for making our participation such a memorable experience and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity to work with you and your staff on ways education can be made part of the master plan.  Remember, “Anybody can make a difference… if we can, you can too.”

Sincerely,

Carter and Olivia Ries - Founder of One More Generation

usengageun:

Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. To learn more about our program and efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.

Special thanks to Alicia Keys, Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, DeAndre Jordan, Denise Richards, Diego Boneta, James Van Der Beek, Jennifer Garner, Joe Manganiello, Josh Duhamel, Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, Moby, Nick Cannon, Nikki Reed, Paul Wesley, Rita Wilson, Shonda Rhimes, Soledad O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, and Tyler Perry for their participation in the video.

This video was produced by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and Prime Content in partnership with The Jim Henson Company. Original score by Ryan Perez-Daple (rpdmusic.com).

We told these American college students studying in Israel that they’d be speaking to the State Department spokesperson at their seminar… Surprise! Secretary Kerry stopped by for a chat as well.

We told these American college students studying in Israel that they’d be speaking to the State Department spokesperson at their seminar… Surprise! Secretary Kerry stopped by for a chat as well.

This is our demand, our request to all the responsible people – that instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries that are suffering from terrorism, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. This is the only way we can fight for education.

Education activist Malala Yousafzai at today’s #UNGA event on Global Education First.

For more on the event see here.

(via united-nations)

united-nations:

All children have a right to safe schools!
SHARE this UNICEF image and find out more here: http://uni.cf/endviolence ‪#‎ENDviolence‬

united-nations:

All children have a right to safe schools!

SHARE this UNICEF image and find out more here: http://uni.cf/endviolence ‪#‎ENDviolence‬

On July 12 — less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight — Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
united-nations:

Tell your friends and family that you stand with Malala, the young Pakistani champion for universal education and girls’ rights. We want to see your photos, vines and Instagram videos. Tag them ‎#MalalaDay and we’ll feature them on our social media platforms next week.
Here is one to get you started: http://vine.co/v/hauYOZm1Ttt
Sign and share her petition for education today: http://www.aworldatschool.org/malaladay
Image credit: A World At School

On July 12 — less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight — Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

united-nations:

Tell your friends and family that you stand with Malala, the young Pakistani champion for universal education and girls’ rights. We want to see your photos, vines and Instagram videos. Tag them ‎#MalalaDay and we’ll feature them on our social media platforms next week.

Here is one to get you started: http://vine.co/v/hauYOZm1Ttt

Sign and share her petition for education today: http://www.aworldatschool.org/malaladay

Image credit: A World At School

The Power of English Learning
 

Throughout my travels as an Under Secretary, I have been constantly reminded of the magnetism of English language learning.

From Ethiopia to Istanbul, from Lahore to Tokyo, the young people I have met who study English have been eager to demonstrate their skills. High school students in Ukraine sang songs to me in English. College students in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, asked me to read their English essays.  In the Dominican Republic, young people proudly showed their handiness at playing “Trace Effects,” our online English-learning videogame. And in these upturned faces, I also saw growing self-belief and excitement about new possibilities ahead. MORE