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Beyond reading and math: Enhance Worldwide

December 6, 2014

Check out my recent Girls Globe blog on my organization, Enhance Worldwide.

Girls' Globe

When girls in this part of Addis Ababa can't go to school, they usually end up collecting firewood for 1-3 dollars a day. Photo Credit: Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp When girls in this part of Addis Ababa can’t go to school, they usually end up collecting firewood for 1-3 dollars a day.
Photo Credit: Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp

A year ago I sat at a health post in Amhara, Ethiopia, surrounded by adolescent girls. Some attended school; others did not. The difference between the in-school and out-of-school girls struck me: those who went to school were confident enough to approach me and make conversation. Those who didn’t stayed away, averted their eyes and ran when I asked them their names.

Education is the difference between navigating reality and running from it because education goes beyond reading and math and teaches life skills.

When a girl is educated, she develops traits like assertiveness and confidence. She learns to make use of resources and respond to challenges. She reflects and makes informed decisions. She can identify danger, navigate tough situations and negotiate…

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