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Girl Rising: Because educating a girl is worth it

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I just got home 30 minutes ago from watching a screening of ‘Girl Rising‘ by St. George and Sutherland Amnesty group. Let me just say this: it has been a while since I was this moved. About 10 minutes into the screening and the tears started to roll. And they rarely stopped. It was not all out of sadness. There were definitely tears of sadness. But there were several tears of hope and joy. And tears of gratitude upon the re-realisation of how lucky I am.

You see, I am one of those girls who was born in a developing country. I could have easily become one of those statistics. But with luck {because it is lucky to be born in a family that can afford to educate a child} and a supportive family, I was given the opportunity to be educated.

The documentary looks at the importance of educating girls and how by educating girls, we can help economies grow, are more likely to have the next generation educated, less likely to become pregnant under the age of 17, and be more empowered to fight against discrimination. It does this by looking at the lives of 9 girls — from Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Peru, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. What really got to me was just how much these girls and in some cases, their parents valued their education. Some girls get shot for wanting an education. We know of that even from the recent events with Malala in Pakistan. I think what I also found heart breaking was just how badly they wanted to learn. And then in my job, I see kids refusing to go to school because they’d rather be playing computer games. Not realising just how lucky they really are.

The film has left me with an itch. I want to do something about this. More than just blog.

How? I don’t know just yet {But I am open to ideas}

But I do know that I have been lucky to be an educated girl. And I want to give back.

Somehow.

***Linking up with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Zita
    16 January 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, that clip is powerful! I hope I get the opportunity to see it in full! I am like you, surrounded by teenagers who would rather lay on the couch all day because ‘school’s boring!’… They have no idea… So sad… 🙁
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I hope everyone gets the chance to see this Zita…it’s so worth it! Oh yeah…you would definitely know how frustrating it can be sometimes with some teens…maybe we need to show them this doco as well to make them appreciate what they’ve got.

  • Zita
    16 January 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, that clip is powerful! I hope I get the opportunity to see it in full! I am like you, surrounded by teenagers who would rather lay on the couch all day because ‘school’s boring!’… They have no idea… So sad… 🙁
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I hope everyone gets the chance to see this Zita…it’s so worth it! Oh yeah…you would definitely know how frustrating it can be sometimes with some teens…maybe we need to show them this doco as well to make them appreciate what they’ve got.

  • Cassandra
    17 January 2014 at 11:43 am

    I’m crying! Finally starting to read blogs again, I’ve been crying over them a lot, lately. This touched me extra deeply, though as I’m training to be a teacher. Everyone deserves an education! x
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Welcome here Cassandra! Really tugs at your heart strings, doesn’t it? I agree…everyone deserves an education; sadly in some of these countries if money is an issue, the male child gets priority for an education over his sister.
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  • Cassandra
    17 January 2014 at 11:43 am

    I’m crying! Finally starting to read blogs again, I’ve been crying over them a lot, lately. This touched me extra deeply, though as I’m training to be a teacher. Everyone deserves an education! x
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Welcome here Cassandra! Really tugs at your heart strings, doesn’t it? I agree…everyone deserves an education; sadly in some of these countries if money is an issue, the male child gets priority for an education over his sister.
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  • Nikki@WonderfullyWomen
    17 January 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I am so hearing you, my eldest daughter just finished year 12 and is off to UQ next month to start the long road to being a surgeon. The plight of under-developed nations and their disregard for educating females is horrific. If you come up with a plan of what we can do to make a difference, get in touch, I would love to do something too. 🙂 xx N
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Welcome here Nikki! It is really sad isn’t it? There is still the mentality that girls are mainly expected to get married, keep house and have babies…and with that comes the view of what’s the point in educating them. Having said that, there were a few heart warming stories particularly for the girls from India and Ethiopia where the brother and the father respectively believed the girls should get an education to have a better life despite struggling to make ends meet. I guess there is hope but it’s a very long and difficult road.

      I’ll definitely get in touch once I come up with something…will blog about it as well of course. Thanks for visiting and commenting. And by the way, that’s amazing about your daughter studying to become a surgeon! 🙂

  • Nikki@WonderfullyWomen
    17 January 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I am so hearing you, my eldest daughter just finished year 12 and is off to UQ next month to start the long road to being a surgeon. The plight of under-developed nations and their disregard for educating females is horrific. If you come up with a plan of what we can do to make a difference, get in touch, I would love to do something too. 🙂 xx N
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    • Psych Babbler
      17 January 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Welcome here Nikki! It is really sad isn’t it? There is still the mentality that girls are mainly expected to get married, keep house and have babies…and with that comes the view of what’s the point in educating them. Having said that, there were a few heart warming stories particularly for the girls from India and Ethiopia where the brother and the father respectively believed the girls should get an education to have a better life despite struggling to make ends meet. I guess there is hope but it’s a very long and difficult road.

      I’ll definitely get in touch once I come up with something…will blog about it as well of course. Thanks for visiting and commenting. And by the way, that’s amazing about your daughter studying to become a surgeon! 🙂

  • Lisa Wood
    21 January 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I went to see this very movie in Sydney with Grace {from “With Some Grace”} and I too felt moved, moved beyond anything I have ever felt before….
    Its a movie that needs to be shown in all schools so that the children here in Australia realise how very lucky they are to live and have so many wonderful opportunities waiting for them!
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  • Lisa Wood
    21 January 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I went to see this very movie in Sydney with Grace {from “With Some Grace”} and I too felt moved, moved beyond anything I have ever felt before….
    Its a movie that needs to be shown in all schools so that the children here in Australia realise how very lucky they are to live and have so many wonderful opportunities waiting for them!
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