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Girls' Education

By Bethany Ives



    Imagine being a girl and waving goodbye to your brother every morning as he heads off to school, but not being allowed to follow. You will have to stay at home without getting the education that every person deserves. This might not seem real to you. You might be sitting there right now thinking "that doesn't happen". Well, the sad thing is that it does happen. There are millions of girls around the world without an education.



  • What is Happening?....3
  • What Some People Experience..................5
  • Who's helping?............7      

             -Malala Yousafzai

              -Annie Gersh


  • Did You Know?.............9

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  • About the Author...........12

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the smart decisions that they will need to make over the course of their lives. Sometimes, girls don't go to school because they are scared/intimadated by others, they don't live in an enviorment where they are safe, in some places around the world girls are discouraged from going to school, or simply because they are expected to stay at home and keep quiet.   

     Around the world, there are about 774 million people who don't have an education. Over half of these people are female.




   This is a real problem. Without an education, people don't know how to read and write. They also don't have the knowledge that they need to make some of       


What Is Happening?


Chapter 1

   There are lots of girls that are out of school around the world. Infact there are about 4 million more girls out of school then boys. 

2/3 of the people who have not finished primary school around the world are female! 




     Sometimes girls don't go to school because they don't feel safe. Shalu Shrivastava is seventeen, and she lives in India. Where she lives girls are scared to go to school or the market, and they are scared of domestic violence and teasing. They don't feel safe. No one should be afraid to step out side of their house. For Yaweta (age fifteen) who lives in Malawi, her school  and especcially the bathrooms are not girl friendly. As a rusalt, many of the girls in Yaweta's school go home to use the bathroom and don't come back for the rest of the day. This means that they are losing out on their chance to learn. 

What is Happening


 School is important. It impacts your furture and opens lots of new opertunities. According to Thandiwe Diego, age eigthteen, who lives in Belize, when you have the knowledge that you need to make decisions, you can make smart decisions. (

   If all women had a primary education, then they would be more likely to survive childbirth. Maternal deaths would then go down by two-thirds, and 98,000 lives would be saved. There would also be fifteen% less child deaths. 

   With an education, there would be a smaller gap between men and women. Curently, a woman who has education earns about fifty% of what men make. (

Pakistan is where Malala grew up.


What Some People Experience

Chapter 2


Shalu Shrivastava age 17


Shalu Shrivastava lives in India. Where she lives girls do not feel safe. They are scared on the way to school, market, scared of teasing, and domestic violence.


Everyone should be able to walk out side their house and still feel safe. 

Hannah Godefe age 15


   When Hannah Godefe was seven years old, her family visited her grandmother. While they were there, Hannah Godefe met a friend. She wanted to keep in touch with her new found friend after they had left. She wanted to be pen pals. When her parents tould her that her friend could not do this because she didn't have a pencil or the other materials that would be needed, Hannah Godefe knew things had to change. She started Pencil Mountain. An organization that delivers school supplies to children in Ethiopia. 

In Ethiopia...

  • Girls often are only valued because they can work
  • Girls do not get the same education as boys
  • Boys are almost always chosen before girls to go to school

Falkhonda Tahery age 16


Farkhonda Tahery lives in Afghanistan.

She and a few others talked to some boys who did not believe in girls education.They were able to convince the boys that girls should be educated.

Then the boys went home persuaded their and parents to let their sisters go to school. 


Every act for change counts.


     Praveen Prased was born in Fiji. She came for a humble background and was one of a few people who was very lucky to have the opportunity to go to school. It took five dollars to go to school for one term, and that five dollars was one of the most important things in Praveen Prased's life. As the youngest child, she was the one who was most likely not to get to go to school, because if her parents could not pay for all of the children to go to school, the older ones would get the five dollars first. Praveen Prasad was the happest when she was in school. Education was important to her. It opened new opportunities, new life skills, and gave her the ability to make a difference in the world. "I will never forget the days when I waited by the school gate for my mother to bring me the five dollar school adminstration fees that I needed for each school term. I still remember sittng in fear with tears in my eyes by the school gate waiting for my mother." (Parveen Pras in her artical "$5 Changed My Life" on   

A Life Changed by Five Dollars

Praveen Prasad

This is a link to the article call $5 Changed My Life by Praveen Pras.


    Malala Yousufzai is a younge girl, courently nineteen. Only a few years ago, her life was suddenly changed. It changed in a matter of seconds, when two men boarded her bus as she and her friends were on their way home from school. Then the men raised their guns and fired three quick shots. Two of her friends, who were sitting next to her, were shot in the arm. Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head. Even though the odds suggested otherwise, she made a great recovery and survived!

Malala Yousufzai 

     Luckily, this problem has been noticed. Some girls have started standing up and fighting for their rights. In some places in the world this can be very dangerous. 

Who is Helping?

Chapter 3

    The two men that shot her were from a group called the Taliban. The Taliban are a group of extremists who believe in their extreme version of Islam. They have banned girls' education. Malala Yousufai is very active in campaigning for women and girls' rights. At the time when she was shot, she had been speaking at lots of events and gatherings. This is a likey reason to why she was targeted by the Taliban. According to when you are living under Taliban rule, you can not have/do TV, lobster, any equipment that produces the joy of music, singing by woman during weddings, pool tables, computers, and educated people. Just to name some of them.

     Malala Yousufzai wants education for every child around the world-- especially for girls. She has started a fund to help girls all over the world get an education. 


   The great thing about educating girls is that, usually,an educated girl will try to make things better for other people. If we educate girls and then they help someone else, and then that person helps someone else, and so on and so on, then we will be helping lots of people around the world. 

    Annie Gersh is another example of someone who has made a differents in many lives. She and fifteen others were picked by United Nations Foundation to be Teen Advisors for the Girls Up campain. Girls Up works to help other girls in other countries. Annie Gersh lives in Los Angeles and attends an all girls school, grades seven through twelve.  


"Girls' leadership is important because girls are half the world's population."


-Annie Gersh


Who is Helping?


Annie Gersh


 Click on the green box for more information on Annie Gersh

    The school that Annie goes to is all girl. It focuses on helping girls develop self-confidence and all the tools that you need to make a difference in the world. 

Annie Gersh

Teen Advisor for Girl Up

Annie Gersh's School 


  Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu lives in Fiji. In her village, girls are considered "fragile". When they try to speak up, they are told to be a "girl" , sit still, and listen to their elders. Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu wants a voice; she wants have a say in things and be heard.    

     Where she lives, when girls are kicked out of school, there is no going back. They have to work at home. There are no second chances and opportunities. "It is shocking that pregnant teenage girls are forced to leave school while boys are able to walk freely around" (www.the 

      Ana Waqatabu Ligisulu wants all girls to realize that they don't just have to stay at home and do all the chores. She wants them to know that they have a voice and that what they have to say is important. One big problem is that girls are used to doing what they are told. They just let themselves be told what to do and they don't make many big effort to change things. It is like they will do what they always have done(being tould what to do) and won't try to achieve their dreams. Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu wants that to change. 

Unequal Schooling / Women and Girls' Rights

Did You Know?

Chapter 4


     A few ways that you can help are: 


          By donating to organizations that work to help all girls get an education

          By educating others about this topic



You Can Help Too! 

 Celeste Dushime, age eightteen lives in Rwanda, has grown up in a place where women are encouraged and there is no lack in the options and opportunities for them. The problem is that, it is not what happened in their culture's history, so the women are not as likely to take the opportunities that are placed before them. The women also don't really want to (take action) on the inside. Celeste Dushime noticed this problem and wanted to help, but she did not know how. When she heard about GirlUp (with Annie Gersh), she got inspierd. She started a girl empowerment organizition. Celeste Dushime says, "Even if it is a small change, I know that small change will bring a big change in some people's lives and that is what I hope for."


Did You Know? 

 Click on the red square to get to a link


     "I used to think that one day the Taliban would come for me, and I thought to myself 'Malala, you must be brave. You must not be afraid of any one. You are only trying to get an education-You are not committing a crime.' I would even tell my attacker, 'I want an education for your son and daughter."



      Bethany Ives is a twelve year old girl, who lives with her family near Aguasta, Maine. She has a twin sister named Dorothy, and they both enjoy dancing, playing soccer, and being together. Bethany Ives is on the Social Action Team at her school (which is currently working to raise money for a school across waters). 

About The Author

Bethany Ives