Why girls education is crucial


I have been studying a free online course from Coursera on “Sustainability“. It has been a brilliant experience so far and I have learnt a lot about important developments in the world’s population.

We have to put together a project for the course and I have decided to look at a significant subject that affects how many children are born into poverty, how some nations will avoid famine in the future and how our world can tap into the potential of a fantastic resource that, throughout human history, has remained largely untapped…namely the 50% of us who are born female.

Girls who receive an education tend to marry later, have far fewer children who they make sure get an education like they did. The education allows these girls to have skills that fit them for lives far higher in the economic pyramid than currently exists for the 750 million children in the world who are currently of school age and do not receive any form of education (two thirds of whom are female!).

I came across a brilliant film that superbly shows how two girls, born on the same day, in the same country, have very different lives due to one of them receiving an education and the other one remaining uneducated and illiterate. I feel that the campaign for girls to get an education in developing countries is a very significant one and intend to make it the subject of my post for Blog Action Day  as well as the focus for my project for the online course.

Please take time to watch the video below. I really feel that it uses the media so well to get across the central message.


About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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