Girls' education campaigns

Real lives

A day in the life of a determined schoolgirl
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 8 November 2004 - Fifteen-year-old Haitza Ortiz lives with her mother and younger sister in a poor suburb of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. Haitza’s school starts in the afternoon, so she uses the morning to do chores around the house.

A day in the life of a school girl in the Central African Republic
Josiane Pounoua, age 14 is one girl whose family believes in the value of education. This is a day in the life of Josiane who attends a community school in her village.

When soccer helps a girl from a poor suburb of Djibouti City
Hayablé (Balbala) – Southern suburb of Djibouti’s capital city, June 2004- Born into a family of 9 siblings, Fatouma Osman is 23 years old. She is one of the few girls in her neighborhood who are into sports in general, soccer in particular.

India’s cricket team goes to bat for girls’ education
COLOMBO, 21 July 2004 -- The Indian cricket team secured their place in phase two of the Asia Cup.

KOUNONGO, 24 May 2004—From the dusty track, coming by car, the white surfaces of the school stand out brilliantly in the midst of the yellow-brown colour of the refugee camp of Kounoungo.

Transformation through education: The story of Lalita
Dusty, neglected Sitamarhi District, located in India’s poorest state of Bihar, seems like the most unlikely place to encounter girl power. Yet one determined girl—Lalita Kumari—has overcome many obstacles to transform herself into an educated young woman.

French singer Yves Duteil concert finances construction of a school in Guinea
Yves Duteil, internationally renowned singer and composer from France, gave a concert in Conakry on 24 March to benefit disadvantaged children in Guinea.

Community commitment puts girls in school in rural Pakistan
A community-centred government programme supported by UNICEF and AusAID has built village schools and got 30,000 girls, like 11-year-old Naz Bibi, into primary school.

Hammers and homework: Educating child workers in Bangladesh
Hosneara has worked as a brick-breaker since the age of nine. For the last three years, she has spent most of her days hitting square pieces of red stone with a heavy hammer. She makes $0.35 a day.

A determined young girl grows up to become a village’s success story
Girls have not traditionally been encouraged to go to school in the south Asian nation of Bhutan. So it takes tremendous determination to achieve what Deki, 22, has. She is the first woman in her village to have completed her education and has become a primary school teacher.

Education, the essential success factor for girls in Sudan’s nomadic communities
Gaining access to education is no mean feat for children in the remote nomadic communities of Sudan, but the challenges are even greater for girls, as domestic duties and traditions pose significant hurdles.



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