Because I am a Girl:
Learning For Life
What are human rights?Human rights are the basic rights and reedoms to which all humans are entitled.
You have human rights simply because you are human and they cannot be taken away. Human rights ensure people canlive reely and that they are able to fourish, reach their potential and participate in society. They are there to ensure thatpeople are treated airly and with dignity and respect, but it does not always work out like that. Not everyone gets torealise their rights and it is important to know what they are and to stand up or them!As well as the value o education or girls themselves,
, what are the benets o girls’ education to theiramily, their community and the wider world?
Educated girls who go on to become mothers, are morelikely to have their children later when their bodiescan handle pregnancy and to have healthier and moreeducated children.
They are more likely to earn better salaries and be ableto negotiate airer wages at work, so helping to littheir amilies and communities out o poverty.
They are more likely to speak out on issues aectingthem and their amilies, to understand their rights andbe a orce or change.
Education also protects against violence. Educated menare less likely to infict domestic violence and educatedwomen are less likely to eel they must put up with it.
Empowerment = having the POWER to make decisions and choices aboutyour own lie.Can you think o an example where you have been empowered to make achoice or decision about your lie? What do you think would have happenedi you were not empowered to make that decision?Know your rights:
Girls’ right to education is protected in many important international legal documents spanning over 60 years, here are some keyinternational rights agreements and other targets established by UN member states or you to amiliarise yoursel with:
International Human RightsInstruments + InternationalIntergovernmentalDeclarations andProgrammes o ActionsArticle:Relevance:Convention on the Rights o the Child (CRC) (1989)
Article 28,29 (1), 2
You have a right to education. The way bad behaviour inschools is dealt with should respect your dignity. Primary educationshould be ree and compulsory. Rich countries should help poorercountries achieve this.
Education should help develop your personality, talentsand mental and physical skills. It should prepare you or lie, encourageyou to respect your parents. It should also encourage you to respectyour own and other nations’ and cultures. You have a right to learnabout your rights. And education should help you live a peaceul andsustainable lie.
Universal Declaration onHuman Rights 1948
Article 26Everyone has the right to an education and primary education shouldbe ree and compulsory. Further education should be accessible to alldepending on ability only and parents have the right to choose whatkind o education their child receives. Education should develop globalcitizens who respect human rights, are tolerant o all cultures, nations,races and religions and want to maintain peace.
Dakar Education or All(EFA) Platorm For Action(2000)
1. Improve pre-school care and education, especially or disadvantagedand vulnerable children.2. Ensure that there is ree, good quality and compulsory education orall, especially girls, ethnic minorities and disadvantaged children.3. Ensure that the learning needs o all, not just young people, are metthrough learning and lie skills programmes.4. Boost the number o adults who can read by 50 per cent between2000 and 2015.5. Eliminate gender inequality in education.6. Improve the quality o education globally and ensure that everyoneleaves education with the relevant qualications, especially in corelie skills such as maths, reading and writing.
Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs)In 2000, 189 nations madea promise to ree peoplerom extreme poverty andmultiple deprivations. Thispledge became the eightMillennium DevelopmentGoals
Goal 2and 3
By 2015, all children should be able to complete a ull primaryschool education.
There should be no gender inequality at any level o educationby 2015.In reality, having a ‘right’ to something is no guarantee o actually getting it. A girl’s right to go to school is not alwayshonoured, and girls may not be aware o their rights to begin with.
THINK ABOUT IT:
GIRLS EDUCATION ISBENEFICIAL FOR EVERYONE,when you educate a girl youare investing in the well-beingo the entire nation.