Inside Global Girls’ Education is a limited series from Teach For All dedicated to answering the question: why focus on girls? In conversation with host Samantha Williams, local leaders and global experts examine the real issues and underlying beliefs that contribute to gender inequality in education and society.
Episode 3 - We Can Change Beliefs About Gender Norms
Today’s episode features Dr. Urvashi Sahni in a discussion about how to change gendered mindsets by working with boys, girls, and families. She shares her story about coming into gender awareness after being raised in a patriarchal family, being married early, and then experiencing a devastating loss due to gender-based violence. Dr. Sahni runs the Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF), which operates a network of six schools and four outreach programs in and around Lucknow, India. SHEF has trained over 100,000 teachers and impacted over 5 million children, primarily girls. The school uses a groundbreaking critical feminist pedagogy and an ethic of care to empower girls.
Study Hall Educational Foundation: http://www.studyhallfoundation.org/
Boys’ Gender Curriculum: http://www.studyhallfoundation.org/downloads/What-about-our-boys-FINAL.pdf
Episode 2 - The Pandemic’s Impact on Girls, Susannah Hares, Center for Global Development
A year ago, global lockdowns and school closures put 1.6 billion children out of school. Since then, a year of shutdowns, distance learning, and economic hardship has created exceptional challenges for getting all children, and especially girls, back on track. Today’s discussion focuses on the challenges girls faced during the first year of the pandemic, and features Susannah Hares, senior policy fellow and co-director of the Center for Global Development's global education program, as well as Temitope Ifegbesan, a Teach For Nigeria alumna and cofounder of the EmpowerHer Initiative.
Introducing the Girl's Education Policy Index | Center For Global Development
COVID-19 and Girls' Education: What We Know So Far and What We Expect
COVID-19 School Closures Put Girls at Unique Risk of Violence, Dropout, Survey of Education Organizations Finds
What Do Past Shocks Tell Us About the Choices We’ll Face After the Pandemic? A Series on Education Finance Post-COVID
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Episode 1 - Why Care About Girls’ Education? Suzanne Ehlers, Malala Fund
Today’s guest is the CEO of the Malala Fund, Suzanne Ehlers, who will talk about global priorities in girls’ education, why this should matter to everyone, and what actors like the Malala Fund bring to this work. We’ll also discuss the progress towards equality that has been made over the past few decades, while examining the persistent challenges faced by girls and how those are increasing due to COVID.
The Malala Fund was founded in 2013 by Pakistani girls’ education advocates Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai to ensure that all girls receive 12 years of “free, safe, quality education.” The Fund prioritizes three action areas: investing in local education activists, advocating to hold leaders accountable, and amplifying girls’ voices.
Teach For All is a global network of 59 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ under-resourced schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential.
Malala Fund Website: https://malala.org
On Instagram, Suzanne follows and recommends: @feedthemalik, @_lyneezy, @f.moudouthe, @alokvmenon, @blairimani, @laylafsaad, and @stephanieyeboa
Books Suzanne is reading right now: Haben by Haben Girma, Malala book club picks on Literati, salt by Nayyirah Waheed, anything by Ocean Vuong and Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
Podcasts: Barack and The Boss on Renegades! All else can wait!
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Introducing: Inside Global Girls’ Education
This series will address the reasons why girls’ education must remain a global priority, and why the fate of girls affects the fate of us all. Hosted by Samantha Williams, head of Teach For All’s Global Girls’ Education Initiative, the show will feature conversations with local leaders from across the Teach For All network, as well as global experts in gender and girls’ education. The series will cover topics such as patriarchy, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and more. The first episode airs on Monday, March 15th, featuring Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of the Malala Fund.
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Love this podcast so far! Thought-provoking questions from the host that makes this podcast truly feel like a conversation that you can learn from. The optimism, despite some pretty mighty challenges for girls and women ahead, gives us a banner of hope while calling us to action.