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What Young Girls Can Achieve With a Good Education

By: Edie Cecil on Thursday, August 14, 2014

The HER girls, participants of IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, have been busy over the past few months with tutoring, meeting with their mentors, and the important year-end exams. This summer they are attending entrepreneurship and English language training workshops.

The HER girls attending Addis Ketema School had an exciting visitor recently. Zuriel Oduwole, a 12-year-old American girl of Nigerian and Mauritian descent, started the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up program to inspire girls in Africa stay in school and get the best education they can. Zuriel has interviewed presidents and prime ministers from many different countries in Africa and has been featured widely in news media, including an interview by Forbes.

Zuriel's meeting with the HER girls was inspirational. They were surprised by her accomplishments at such a young age and motivated by her mission to change the perspective about girls and education. For them, Zuriel was an example of what a young girl can achieve with a good education.

HER girls from Addis Ketema School, Ethiopia

HER girls meeting with Zuriel Oduwale

HER girls meeting with Zuriel Oduwale

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  • EdDstudent said:
    12/9/2014 8:16 AM

    The Higher Education Readiness (HER) program sounds both amazing and inspirational. Girls and women in the disadvantaged countries in the world belong to a marginalized group. Individuals in these groups are ignored and regulated to the sidelines of politics, social inclusion, and economic bargaining. Sex, age, economic statuses are the criteria used to marginalize. The membership in these groups is not voluntary, but man-made due to the process of socialization and the social assignment of roles girls and women have occupied in their patriarchal system. It is organizations like HER who provide educational actions and processes that work with the female populations to break the barriers that impede the educational goals of girls and women around the world.

    As a global citizen, you are setting an example for females to recognize themselves as individuals with rights to education. As a world learning learner, you are empowering a new generation of female global leaders to create a more inclusive, democratic, prosperous, and peaceful world. Thank you for your contribution!

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