Over the past few weeks I still have not heard anything from any of the international professionals that I have reached out to. Through Facebook I did hear from UNICEF Jamaica and I was told to email them the information as to what I was doing and what was required. With the email address that was given to me by UNICEF Jamaica, I emailed them everything that they needed to know. Unfortunately, I have yet to hear anything from them.
I also tried to do the alternate assignment for this blog but the website page was not working. When I went to click on http://developingchild.harvard.edu/initiatives/global_initiative/, it said that there was an error. With that being said, I decided to keep you all posted with the updates and different things that is going on with the Save the Children Website.
In this blog I would like to share information and insights on Girls Education. “Save the Children envisions a future in which every child has the best chance for success a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm” (Girls Education, n.d.).
ABOUT GIRLS’ EMPOWERMENT
“Save the Children, the leading expert on child education, health and protection, has decades of experience proving that investment in programs that empower girls significantly improves family health, nutrition, education, economic status and overall quality of life. We embrace gender equity and work to accelerate empowerment and education for girls, we promote girls’ empowerment and remove barriers to their education. And we work to address the unique challenges girls often face – including discrimination, early marriage and pregnancy, HIV/AIDS infection, exploitative labor and gender violence – through our innovative programs, partnerships and advocacy efforts” (Girls Education, n.d.). This site is not only about the education of the boys but it is focused on the education of the girls as well. October 11 is the international Day of the Girl. “On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world” (Girl, child, n.d.).
According to the Girls Education page on the Save the Children website “Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability” (n.d.).
When it comes to children, no child deserves to be beaten severely to the point they are hospitalized, no child should ever live in fear of their parents or loved ones, no child should ever feel neglected or abandoned by their family, but unfortunately these things do happen to children. As parents, educators, and adults it is our responsibility to make sure that the children are well cared for and their basic needs are being met on a daily basis.
Save the Children is all about protecting children from being neglected, abused, exploited, and exposed to violence all over the world. Though they work with at first hand the children who are most vulnerable they still maintain and aim towards the safety and well-being of all the children. “In 2013, we reached 21 million children trough our child protection programs, including children who were abused, exploited or neglected. Thanks to our work, Honduras became the 37th country to ban corporal punishments, including striking, strapping and caning children” (Child Protection, n.d.). Following our response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., we worked with parents to help raise awareness about the importance to emergency preparedness and child protection. The video is on YouTube entitled “Sandy Hook Parents: Emergency Plans Matter” and the link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24fECLC-O0.