• Education for Girls

    Posted on: Ҥ 14th, 2013 by Pixel@110

    Talking Point Education for GirlsThe following text is an extract from a thought-provoking article by Gail Kelly published in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’:

    “Today 11th October is International Day of the Girl. It provides a timely opportunity to reflect on the important role education plays in creating better lives for girls and families in developing countries.

    It is staggering that 35 million girls around the world are missing out on a primary school education. Significant barriers prevent them from realising their dreams. Some drop out of school before they can read or write. Some never have the chance to go in the first place because families depend on them to help around the home, look after younger siblings and collect water and firewood.

    One of the biggest challenges is getting girls to go to school alongside their brothers. Providing opportunities for education needs to be integrated with helping families address girls’ workloads to ensure they, too, can attend school.

    Every child, no matter where they are born, should have educational opportunities. Education can significantly boost annual economic growth in low-income countries. An educated girl is more likely to have fewer children, keep them healthy and educated and earn a better income to help lift her family out of poverty.

    Progress has already been made. The percentage of girls completing primary school education in developing nations has risen from 73 per cent in 1991 to 86 per cent in 2010. The next challenge is to make sure they make the transition into secondary school.”

    Gail Kelly is chief executive of Westpac Bank and CARE Australia’s women’s empowerment ambassador. CARE Australia is an Australian charity fighting global poverty, with a special focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their community, and provides educational scholarships to economically disadvantaged girls in developing countries.

    Vocabulary

    thought-provoking (adjective): encourages more thinking about the subject

    reflect on (verb + preposition): think about

    staggering (adjective): amazing

    siblings (noun): brothers and sisters

    boost (verb): increase

    poverty (noun): the state of being poor

    transition (noun): the change from one situation to another