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[Weekly Inspiration] International Women’s Day, Malala, and Progress In Providing a Quality Education to Every Girl in the World

[Weekly Inspiration] International Women’s Day, Malala, and Progress In Providing a Quality Education to Every Girl in the World

Friday the 8th is International Women’s Day, a time for celebrating the accomplishments of women around the world while still remembering that there is still much work to do, particularly in the area of education.

According to Malala Fund, more than 130 million girls around the world still do not have access to quality education because of gender inequality, cost, early marriage, and many other factors. The World Bank points to a lack of education for girls as one of the primary obstacles of economic development in many countries and has taken steps to invest in solutions in places such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Ghana.

The story of Malala Fund’s founder and namesake, Malala Yousafzai, is well-known. As an outspoken advocate for girls’ education in Taliban-occupied Pakistan in 2012, a fifteen-year-old Malala survived an assassination attempt on her way home from school. Her resulting work in the area of education equality earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Malala’s Nobel acceptance speech is an important reminder of the transformative impact of education on every student’s life, even if society somehow thinks otherwise.

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Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.

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