Why it makes sense to invest in girls’ education

There is a well established academic literature presenting the case for investing in adolescent girls as a vehicle for social and economic progress. Anyone who has read Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea or Stones into Schools will also need little convincing. What’s missing, I think, is a compelling and engaging ‘sales pitch’ to command the attention of policy makers. This video clip is a good start. Good on you girleffect.org!

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One comment on “Why it makes sense to invest in girls’ education
  1. Dear Jeremy,

    I’m writing to you from Camfed, an international nonprofit organization working in the field of girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1993, Camfed has provided innovative educational programs to more than 1,065,710 children in impoverished areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi.

    I wanted to thank you for writing about the significance of girls’ education in alleviating global poverty levels in your blog, and also for highlighting the need to present this issue in a convincing manner to policymakers. The GirlEffect video was a wonderful example of a creative and engaging way to appeal to decision makers.

    I also wanted to share a short PSA that we produced that might be of interest to you; it has some of the positive quantifiable results of educating young girls who come from backgrounds of poverty: http://vimeo.com/7103111 This is one of the many ways that we try to draw the attention of policymakers at the national and international levels to this critical issue.

    Thank you once again for addressing a global problem that is in need of much exposure, and please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

    Best wishes,

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