For over 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA has empowered girls to develop their leadership skills and put these skills to use for the good of their communities and our world. Yet even in 2015, there are still millions of girls across the globe whose potential is being wasted because they don’t have access to one of the most important parts of childhood: education. In fact, more than 62 million girls worldwide are being kept from going to school. This is a loss for all us—but most of all, for those communities who aren’t benefiting from all that their girls have to offer.
When girls receive a quality education, they can shape their own destiny, lift up their families, and transform their communities. But they can’t do it on their own. Together, we have the power and responsibility to make a global difference for girls’ education.
Earlier this year, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new, U.S. government initiative called Let Girls Learn. Its mission is to help adolescent girls around the world attend and complete school. Girl Scouts has already joined the Office of the First Lady in this effort.
In support of Let Girls Learn’s goal of expanding global access to girls’ education, we are calling on you to help educate and inspire others. Here are five actions you can take now:
Share your photo and answer the question: “In school I learned _________ but #62milliongirls don’t have that chance” to join the First Lady and numerous peers, celebrities and others in the yearbook 62milliongirls.com to help spread awareness of the fact that these girls are out of school and we need to do something about it.
- Visit 62milliongirls.com to see the number of girls taking action to support these girls and learn how you can take additional action but visiting the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn site (letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov) to download a toolkit to help support Let Girls Learn
- Raise awareness by sharing these facts about girls’ education using the hashtag #LetGirlsLearn on social media.
Raise your voice for girls everywhere, especially for those affected by conflict, by signing this petition created by Malala Yousafzai asking The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and its partners to lead the way on ensuring primary and secondary schooling for girls by committing to mobilize the money necessary to achieve it.
- Join Girl Scouts to experience the fun of “learning by doing” and to find out more about how you can take action on this and other important global issues.