My children still have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea some kids have no access to school.
I remind them of this every time they dare moan or complain as we head with their backpacks to the car.
My children still have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea children would be shot and victims of attempted assassinations in order to keep girls from attending school.
I remind them of this every time they dare complain about homework or math sprints or even waking up in time to heave a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to class.
My daughter, especially, gets a grim and determined look on her face…her eyes even darker than usual…when she talks of Malala, her heroine.
And let me tell you, my eight-year old has few heroes. She’s not easy to impress. But Malala has made an impression on her young life that can not be taken away. Which is why she spent her 2nd grade project educating her class on exactly who this young woman is and why her fellow students needed to know about her.
Yes, 2nd grade.
We’ve spent many hours in our home discussing how women are treated across the world, including the United States, with our children. We’ve chosen, as a family, to support several organizations that we believe directly help.
On this International Day of the Girl, focusing on education, we’d be honored if you checked out these organizations and discussed them with your children and why they are so important:
Education is a right for all, not just the privileged few. And certainly not just for males.