To Educate a Girl

By: Nikki W.

Ten years after world leaders pledged to provide equal access to all girls and boys by 2015,  filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky set out to answer the question, “What does it take to educate a girl?” amidst poverty and conflict in much of the developing world.

“To Educate a Girl” takes a ground-up and visually stunning view of that effort through the eyes of girls in Nepal and Uganda who are out of school, starting school, or fighting against the odds to stay in school:

»Manisha, a teenager in Nepal, who works in the fields to allow her three younger sisters the opportunity to go to school. Her story is contrasted by three young listeners of a hugely popular youth-oriented radio program that has helped them deal with issues of early marriage and poverty in order to stay in school

»Mercy, a six-year-old from an impoverished home in Uganda is about to embark on her first day of school.

»Sarah, a teenage war orphan struggles against great odds to keep up with her studies.

By the end of the film, it becomes abundantly clear that the stories of Manisha and Mercy can be the untold stories of thousands – if not millions – of other girls who struggle daily to have an opportunity to learn and make a better life for themselves and their families.


Hat tip to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative

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