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Why is it important to educate girls? – Lesson Plan
By 10 x 10
World, Education, Social Issues
One 30-45 minute period
Grades 7 – 12
- Explain the positive impact that educating girls has on families and communities.
Students will learn and think critically about the variety of reasons why it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that all girls, across the globe, have access to an education.
When girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. According to Camfed, when you educate a girl she will earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent of her income in her family. This reinvestment in her family means her children will be more likely to go to school and be immunized, leading to healthier, more productive individuals and communities. The spreading of prosperity and influence is called the ripple effect. A girl’s education is about more than just the individual; it is about the future of her family and her community.
Explain to students that they will be reading an article about a woman who was determined to finish her education.
Ask students what they believe is meant by the term ripple effect when it refers to educating girls. Record answers on the board. This is an important concept -ensure that students understand that when one positive change happens, others follow and the impact grows.
A good analogy is tossing a pebble into water. The effect grows as the ripples keep spreading and have an impact far beyond the spot where the pebble originally fell. The same is true for educating girls. One girl’s education affects not only herself, but her family and community. Encourage students to keep this concept in mind as they read.
As a class, read the following article: $5 Changed My Life.
The article tells the story of a woman who, against tremendous odds, finished her education.
After reading the article, encourage students to list the obstacles the woman faced.
While the obstacles are important, the critical point is the positive impact these women’s choices have had on others. Ask students:
- Who helped this woman be successful?
- How is this woman impacting other young girls?
- How is she educating the rest of the world about issues related to girls’ education?
- How is she influencing public policy?
- How do you believe this woman’s family has been impacted by her education?
Have students write an essay describing the woman’s ongoing impact on others, otherwise known as the ripple effect. How is this woman’s life an example of the ripple effect of educating girls? Encourage students to predict how they believe they can impact the world once they complete school. What do students believe their ripple effect will be?
- Encourage students to write about what their future might hold if they finish high school versus their future if they do not graduate.
- Have students write a research paper on a woman making a difference in the lives of others.
- Encourage students to research an international aid organization and learn about its impact on others.
- Investigate the Girl Effect website and the 10 x 10 website.
10 x 10 is a feature film, Girl Rising, and a social action campaign, created and launched by an award-winning team of former ABC News journalists in association with The Documentary Group and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions. We use the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing nations will change the world
Introduction: There was a time when people thought that it was not necessary to educate girls. Now we have begun to realize that girls’ education is essential. The modern age is the age of awakening of girls. They are trying to compete with men in all spheres of life. There are many people who oppose girls’ education. They say that the proper sphere of girls is the home. So, they argue that the money spent on girl’s education is wasted. This view is wrong, because girl’s education can bring about a silent resolution in the society.
Importance of girls Education: There is several advantage of girls’ education. Grown up educated girls can play an important role in the development of their country.
They can share the burden of men in the different walk of life. When girls are well-educated, not forced to marry during childhood, they will be able serve the society as writers, educators, teachers, lawyers, doctors, administrators, politicians, scientists, and much more. They can work at banks, hospitals, government offices and large businesses. They can play an important role during war.
Education is a boon to girls in this age of economic crisis. Gone are the days of plenty and prosperity. Now-a-days it is difficult for the people of the middle class to make both ends meet. After marriage, educated girls can add to the income of their husbands. If a woman is educated, she can earn a living after the death of her husband.
Girls’ education is necessary for making the homes a happy place. A man’s life blossom he is blessed with well-educated women as wife and mother. Educated girls can brighten the future of their country by the good upbringing of their children. Education gives a woman freedom of thought. It broadens her outlook and makes her aware of her duties and responsibilities.
Education empower a grown up girl to become economically independent. They will be able to stand up for their rights. Girls have all the rights to get educated. Empowerment of girls and women is necessary to fight against the problem of gender-inequality.
Education of rural girls is equally important. The rural girls are not getting ample opportunity for education. Education of these girls would have positive impact on both economy and society.
Suggestions: Many people say that girls should not go in for degrees. They are wrong, because girls have already proved their worth in all walks of life. There is no reason why girls should not get the same kind of education as men. But they should not neglect their duties at the home. So, girls must have knowledge of domestic science and child psychology.
Conclusion: The progress of a country depends on girls’ education. So, girls’ education should be encouraged.
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