This course focuses on the continued education of teachers as multipliers of change. "Educating Girls" connects scholarship, classroom practice, and service.
The film, “Girl Rising,” opens with Sokha, a Cambodian girl in a golden costume, dancing in slow motion. Suddenly, the camera shifts to her life before she was given the chance to get an education – Sokha’s previous life picking trash. How did she get from the dump to dance?
This course will focus on four course themes directly related to the education of girls, worldwide: (1) access and equity (2) public health (3) education in emergencies, and (4) empowerment. We will examine (a) Research: the data around the education of girls, as well as analyses, images, and stories (b) Relationship: how new learning about girls’ education relates to our practice, and (c) Results: the capacity to make a measurable difference in and for our classrooms, our communities, and the world. Read More.
Educated girls are 50% more likely to immunize their children in the future. With an additional year of education, a girl can earn up to 20% more as an adult. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. This course focuses on the continued education of teachers as multipliers of change, as well as the chance to get involved. "Educating Girls" connects scholarship, classroom practice, and service.
Our objective is to explore four central themes, with the intention of turning knowledge into action:
- Access and Equity: enrollment, retention, equity, obstacles to overcome
- Education in Emergencies: preparedness and planning; girls and disaster risk reduction; the crisis of vulnerability
- Education and Public Health: hygiene, public safety, water, policy, child marriage
- Empowerment Locally and Globally: human rights, participation, freedom
This course is about exploring ideas and mobilizing change. Of course, we will only touch the surface. It is said that the humanities teach a little about a lot and the sciences teach a lot about a little. Perhaps. It will be up to you to go as deep or wide, and as local or global as you want. One fact is certain about this course, though: it is a call to action.
Informed Learning + Teacher Multipliers ÷ Time = Educated Girls. It’s a complicated equation, but think of it this way—we don’t have a moment to lose. Let’s teach each other. The main goal here is to turn learning into action so that educated girls can go as far as their imagination can take them. They are, after all, half the sky.