When I was little it was constantly drilled into my brain that I would go to college. It was my mantra and it never occurred to me that there was any other option. Everything I did in high school, all the activities, all the hours spent studying and doing extra credit assignments, was done with the intention that this would get me into college. I didn't really date. I didn't go out and party (much). I stayed focused on the goal of getting an education. And I completely believed it was all possible, because it was. I had (and still have) the support system to make that all possible. I couldn't imagine my life any other way and I realize just how lucky and blessed I am. Because I know that there are (too many) girls today who do not have the option of an education.
That's what the Girl Effect is all about.
Suebob has a really good post up on the project with all the statistics. Go read it. It's mind boggling. It doesn't even make sense to me. "25% of girls in the developing world are not in school." Think about the world population. 25% is a big number.
We want to talk about "Girl Power". Well, this is where it starts. It starts by being aware. It starts by realizing that even the smallest donation can make a difference. It starts by educating ourselves of this problem and spreading that knowledge to others. I know I can't do much, but I can do something. I hope you'll join me, and do something, too.
"It's great to learn, 'cause knowledge is power".