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ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

 

HELP GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD GET AN EDUCATION

Half a billion women can't read this.

That's why today, we're launching a new campaign to help millions of girls get access to an education. Because educated girls grow into empowered women. 

Add your name to the letter and we'll hand-deliver it to your senators on March 8, International Women's Day. 

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Here is a copy of the letter:

A Letter to Leaders: 

You couldn't be where you are today without a good education.

But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet - bigger than Japan or Germany.

All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.

We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry . . . or simply to access opportunity.

We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she's there.

But we need you to do the same.

Your education helped you to get where you are today - and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds.

Show us that politics can work for the people - starting with the people who need it most.

Sincerely,

Our thanks to ONE.Org for the above action!

UNIVERSAL EDUCATION MEANS BUYING FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE

Are you aware that children, who should be in school, are working in cocoa fields in
countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast in Africa? These two countries produce 60% of the world's cocoa (chocolate) supply. They lose out on their educations because they're working all day to produce the chocolate we give out on Halloween to trick and treaters. Not only are these children working, but they may or may not be paid for their labour. If they are paid, it is about $2 a day.
Some of these children may be trafficking victims from Mali or Burkina Faso. Buying Fair Trade chocolate for use on Halloween protects against these abuses.

Fair Trade certified chocolate guarantees that chocolate is labour free. It guarantees a long-term relationship with cocoa farmers who receive fair wages for their labour and as a result, can send their children to school, where they belong. Please consider giving Fair Trade chocolate on Halloween and Valentine's Day, the two biggest chocolate days in the United States.

Co-ops should offer Fair Trade chocolate as well as other Fair Trade products. Two
Fair Trade chocolate brands are Equal Exchange and Divine Chocolate. If a co-op near you doesn't offer Fair Trade, tell them they are falling short and need to order it for their store immediately.

Thanks for getting involved in education for African children. It's the right thing to do.

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If a girl gets a secondary education (mostly in Africa):

--she will increase her own income, and that of her family

--she's more likely to have a choice about when she has a child

--she's more likely to survive childbirth

--her children are more likely to survive beyond the age of 5 years

WHERE CHILDREN CAN'T GET AN EDUCATION

According to a UNESCO study, 57 million children lack classroom access. Here are the countries with the most children out of school:

--10.5 million in Nigeria

--5.4 million in Pakistan

--1.7 million in Ethiopia

--1.6 million in India

--1.4 million in the Philippines

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By the end of 2016, UNICEF will educate 4.2 million children in Syria.

28,962—Number of doctoral degrees awarded to women in 2008-09 in the U.S.—more than were given to men, for the first time.

July, 2013--Secondary schools in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state were ordered closed after suspected Islamist extremists torched a dormitory and killed 42 people.