An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. -The Girl Effect Fact Sheet.
Blogger and coach, Tara Sophia Mohr, has done a lovely thing and organized over 30 bloggers to post about The Girl Effect on the same day. Many of you probably saw the original Girl Effect video in 2008, which laid out the connection between educating girls in the "developing" world and reducing poverty and HIV/AIDS. It's a powerful message that they've shared again in a new video (posted below).
I was hesitant to promote the Girl Effect, just like I was when I wrote about it in 2008, because it is produced by the Nike Foundation. I'm still not clear on the extent Nike has improved its sweatshop situation. Some reports make it sound like things are better, others say it is the same. I'm guessing it's somewhere in between.
That said, the message of the video - educating girls can change the world - is an important one. If you'd like to be a part of spreading the word, post about The Girl Effect on your blog before Universal Children's Day (Nov. 20), and add a link to your post on Tara's site.
You can also donate to organizations and projects that facilitate girls' going to school like UNICEF, Room to Read, and Three Cups of Tea author, Greg Mortenson's, Central Asia Institute.
What are some of your favorite NGO's and projects helping girls go to, and stay in school?