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Raise Your Voice for Girls Education

By Jessica Willard on 10/06/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. When girls stand united and raise their voices, they have the collective power to change the world! We're excited to support our friends at The Malala Fund as they raise girls' voices and ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education.

This blog excerpt was written by Khadija, a fifteen year old girl from Northern Nigeria. Read her story to learn how you too can stand #withMalala and support girls like her in going to school.

I am Khadija from Northern Nigeria. I am a junior in secondary school and my goal is to someday become a doctor. In my community, most parents cannot afford to send their children to school. The little money they have is spent on food. If there is extra money, parents send the male children to school before the girls. And many girls end up marrying at a very young age. 

The Malala Fund is a voice for all of us girls living in this hard situation. They advocate for girls’ education and empower girls to speak up. In my community, Malala Fund supports The Centre for Girls’ Education, an organization that pays girls’ school fees and provides girls with mentors. With the support we receive from the Malala Fund, the social and economic barriers to education are reduced and girls have other options than marrying young.

Parents should not have to choose between their sons and their daughters; all children should be given the opportunity to succeed. Malala Fund also advocates for the abolition of school fees altogether so that parents do not face hardship when sending their children to school. 

I am learning so much at school! Malala Fund has helped to create safe spaces where we learn life skills, literacy, math, reproductive health and build social networks. Girls in my community are learning communication, negotiation skills and life skills - all critical advantages if we are going to reach our maximum potential. 

Now is the time to dedicate resources and make policy changes to allow all girls to receive free, safe, quality secondary education.

I know that so many people all over the world are asking their leaders to prioritize girls’ education - and I am optimistic. World leaders need to listen to girls like you and me and make sure all girls can go to school.

I am a beneficiary of the Malala Fund’s work and along with other girls in my community I am standing with Malala. There are many more days of school ahead for me - and I am excited for every one of them.

Do you want to support girls like Khadija to go to school? See HE NAMED ME MALALA in theaters this weekend in honor of International Day of the Girl and join the Stand #withMalala campaign here to take action for girls’ education.

Jessica Willard

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Jessica is the Digital Marketing Coordinator at Girls on the Run International, where she manages all social media and website projects and spearheads the digital marketing strategy. She brings a background in ecommerce and digital marketing to Girls on the Run and is grateful and excited to be serving an organization which empowers girls to realize their inner strength and activate their limitless potential.

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