The education of children and youth is coming more and more to the center of peoples attention. Education is necessary for any society to grow and flourish. Today, we focus on the education of girls. Globally, 62 million girls are not attending school, this needs to change.
In 2015, Michelle Obama visited Cambodia and talked about education to a group of girls at a school. Nationally, in Cambodia, only 20% of people will make it through high school, and only one quarter of these are girls. Currently, teachers in Cambodia are only paid $1000- $1,200 per month. This is not a lot of money to teach, and so it is difficult to get teachers, when others jobs offer more income. Teachers can and sometimes do resort to taking bribes and getting paid off by students so that they can make it on their salary.
Mrs. Obamas visit showed the girls of Cambodia that there is a focus on the education of women, not just in Cambodia but globally. During the same time as Obamas Cambodia visit, she started Let Girls Learn, to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential. The initiative leverages public-private partnerships and challenges others to commit resources to improve the lives of adolescent girls worldwide.
Take some time today and pray for the education system, both in your home and elsewhere in the world. Take some time tonight or this week and read a book to your little sister, daughter, niece or granddaughter. Let her know that you are interested in her education and that you believe in her.
To join us this spring or summer in Cambodia, follow the link, and sign up here. We also have a house building trip April 2-11, please email Phil for details in attending this trip.
Justice One Step At A Time.