As Term 3 begins, Blast Off Day also arrives. Rachel Smalley, a radio/TV journalist and broadcaster and World Vision ambassador, kindly gave up her time to talk to us about girls she has met in the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Many of these girls cannot afford to get an education and instead are often married off young to keep them safe or so their parents can receive money. Many are child brides and become mothers as young as 14 and 15
We then watched a movie called Girl Rising, which told the stories of nine different girls from nine different countries. Most of them were not allowed to attend school, even if they could. One true story told of a girl who was owned by three different people, forced to do work from the age of six until she turned 14. Luckily someone found out about the man who was illegally using children for labour and she was freed to attend school and return to her family.
Through the term we will be researching about this topic, growing deeper in knowledge about girls’ lives all around the globe, and what we can do to help all girls in the world to get an education.
Jemima Hawkesby, Rachel Smalley and Anna Heron