On February 27, 2020, we continued our year-long Global Education focus on Girls Access to Education. The 9th and 10th grade students learned about the global obstacles that girls face around the world in order to gain an education. They then watched the 2016 CNN documentary “We Will Rise” which shares the stories of young women living in Morocco and Liberia, persevering as they overcame incredible odds to gain an education.
The 11th and 12th grade students welcomed guest speakers Br. Jack Rathschmidt and the Honorable Patricia Buchanan of the African Women's Education Fund (AWEF) and also Ms. Nana Fosu-Randall, founder of Voices of African Mothers. AWEF is rooted in the belief that the best way to fight poverty in the developing world is by educating women. The organization supports the educational needs of women in Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Founder of Voices of African Mothers, Nana Fosu-Randall saw much suffering during her service with the United Nations and believes that the alternative to war is the promotion of peace and a better understanding among all people. Nana established VAM Girls Academy in her home country of Ghana to educate and improve the lives of women and girls.
Our students were inspired by the dedication of these global change makers, and students acknowledged how grateful they are to attend Ursuline. After hearing their inspiring stories of starting schools against all odds to educate young women who went on to become doctors, scientists, and other professionals, our girls stood up and asked, "What can we do to help?" They want to become junior ambassadors, raising money and awareness for education for girls in Africa and around the world.
While the human right to an education can often be taken for granted, through our year-long look at education equity for women and girls we empower our students to advocate for themselves and girls around the world.