As an American, I have the privilege and complete freedom to homeschool my children. Not once have I ever thought about my children having a right to sit down with books and educational material, becoming sponges and soaking up free literature and instruction. Four years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. This day is meant to recognize the challenges of girls across the world and their rights. Why was such a declaration needed? Over 31 million primary-aged girls are not in school and another 30 million+ are missing out on secondary education. What keeps most of these precious girls from going to school, you ask? Violence. The violence in over 70 countries.
Why I am Celebrating
At a recent blogger conference I had the pleasure of attending a private viewing of He Named Me Malala, a film documenting the courage of Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education equality for girls around the world. (Read my review of the film in my post, When You Educate a Girl.) The film captured my heart and opened my eyes on the injustice experienced by over 60 million girls who are denied education because of their sex. I want to help bring awareness to this issue and to share ways you too can help.
8 Ways to Celebrate International Day of the Girl
- Go see He Named Me Malala, in theaters across the country October 9th.
- Sign the petition to give all girls 12 years of education.
- Donate to the cause.
- Discuss the issue with your child. A Parent Guide will be available on Malala.org to help you have an age appropriate conversation about girls’ rights.
- Stand #withMalala on social media and use the hashtag to help bring awareness of Malala’s mission.
- Know Malala’s story and know the stats and facts of the other millions of girls who need our help to have an education.
- Have a class discussion. Take a field trip to the theater and use the discussion curriculum, found here.
- Purchase Malala’s book.
Official He Named Me Malala Trailer
How will you stand #withMalala?