As I have decided to focus my Thesis on women in leadership roles in education I have been researching a lot online about the subject of gender and education, female education and women in education. It was through this research this morning that I came across the website for Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ Campaign and I felt it was necessary to share what this campaign is about. The campaign began on the 11th October 2012, coinciding with the first International Day of the Girl Child. I think this issue would be an excellent topic to bring into the Religious Education classroom. It is an issue which is relevant in the world today and it will give the students the opportunity to realise how lucky they are to be sitting at their desk soaking in the education they are both entitled to and allowed to receive.
Some facts to consider:
- 1 in 5 girls worldwide is denied an education.
- Forced into arrange marriages at a very young age.
- Experience severe violence and abuse.
According to the website this campaign by Plan International seeks a number of changes in order to improve the lives of girls around the world.
- girls’ education to be prioritised by world leaders
- girls’ completion of a quality secondary education to be a major focus of international action
- funding for girls education to be increased
- an end to child marriage
- an end to gender-based violence in and around schools
- girls and boys to participate in decision making and inspire those with power to take action
Plan International’s goals are not solely about changes but also numbers.
- Reaching 4 million girls directly.
- Reaching 40 million girls and boys through improving gender equality.
- Reaching 400 million girls through policy change.
Some statistics to think about
Useful video clips for the classroom