2015-03-28 / The Bullhorn

Educate girls and change the world

'Girl Rising' fundraiser to be held at Kirby Theatre

On Friday, April 10, I will be hosting a showing of a documentary called Girl Rising at the Kirby Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and all of the proceeds benefit Girl Rising.

In today’s society, one would assume the barriers between men and women have been eliminated; however, when it comes to educational equality worldwide, women are still relegated to second place.

Girl Rising is a global movement for girls’ education. This documentary journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world ­— ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.

According to Global Citizen, women comprise more than half the world’s population. Women are 70 percent of the world’s poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write. For the millions of women living in poverty, life is a litany of discrimination and insurmountable obstacles. The purpose of Girl Rising is to unite girls, women, boys, and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential.


Last weekend RCS students took on co-chair positions at the Youth Legislative Assembly Conference in Raleigh. They are, from left, Brandon Combs, Carly Long, Ashton Martin, Anderson Clayton and Daniel Taylor. Last weekend RCS students took on co-chair positions at the Youth Legislative Assembly Conference in Raleigh. They are, from left, Brandon Combs, Carly Long, Ashton Martin, Anderson Clayton and Daniel Taylor. My decision to host this showing was inspired by my trip to Ghana, Africa, this past summer. I taught sixth-grade English for three weeks at Dziedorve Basic School. This documentary carries many feelings for me about my time there, along with what I saw and experienced. My goal is for this film to inspire students everywhere to look at their education as a privilege, not a right, and never take it for granted again.

I believe educating girls and women is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty in developing countries. The truth is, educating women could change societies as a whole, and this documentary illustrates the power we possess to help ordinary girls receive their educational right.

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