This Wednesday, the 11th October, was International Day of the Girl Child and across the Secondary School many students spent time discussing this in tutor time. According to the UN,
"There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.
Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90 per cent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults."
On Friday, one of our Grade 10 students Emma Schulze, organised and presented a wholeschool assembly to make our students more aware of the topic and issues involved. Speaking about why she wanted to do this, Emma, who currently works with UNICEF, said that "it is important to keep reminding ourselves that we can and should do what we can to make a change and raise awareness of these kind of important issues. I would also really like to raise awareness in school of the work done by UNICEF and encourage students to get more involved in the projects and actions that they organise."