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UNICEF convenes the UN’s Girls' Education Initiative

9 August 2005

We last wrote to tell you about the Children’s ‘C8’ Summit in Scotland, and the recommendations that the children there made to the leaders of the G8 nations.

Two of those recommendations are for better education and equality – twin goals that UNICEF works toward every day.

One way we do that is by serving as the convening agency for the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) – a growing partnership of like-minded agencies that seeks to improve girls’ education in nations around the world.

The Initiative is based on our conviction that educating girls is a key part of building better lives for children and adults in every country. And that conviction is having a real impact on girls’ lives around the globe.

In Brazil, for example, teachers and students have created a survey project to foster discussions about gender issues. Participation in the survey has caused fifteen-year-old Lidiane Verissimo Da Silva to re-assess her future.

Before, Lidiane says, “I thought, ‘I will marry, take care of the house and my children.’” But now she realizes, “I can be whatever I want. I think about going to the university [and having] the profession that I want. I was thinking about doing law school.”

Such changes in attitude are crucial to UNGEI’s goals of narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education.

Different countries require different strategies to meet these goals. In Madagascar, for example, UNICEF has piloted a ‘big sister’ program, in which older girls ‘adopt’ younger girls to help them with their homework, teach them about hygiene, and encourage them to stay in school.

But whatever the strategy, and wherever it is applied, your continued support of UNICEF is helping to improve the lives of girls everywhere.

Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family, and ask them to join you in supporting UNICEF.

Thank you.

For every child
Health, Education, Equality, Protection

Students at João Casemiro de Oliveira High School in Tauá listening to a presentation on gender equality.

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Students at João Casemiro de Oliveira High School in Tauá listening to a presentation on gender equality.

Video: UNICEF correspondent Rachel Bonham Carter reports on gender equality education in Brazil
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Related Links:
United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative

UNICEF-supported projects open girls’ eyes in Brazil

Madagascar’s "Big Sister" programme helps girls stay in school


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