Can you imagine what it would be like to be kept from going to school? To be attacked as you tried to board a bus or enter a classroom? Unimaginable, isn’t it? We feel safe here in our classrooms in Canada, and so we should. However, there are far too many children who do not feel safe, because they are not safe.
As you may know, on April 14 militants stormed a secondary school in a small village on the west coast of central Africa, and kidnapped the 276 girls who were taking exams at the time.
This afternoon, the Mentor Intermediate Division’s LIGHT girls’ club invited every girl in the Division to gather for a group photo of 276 girls, so we can see exactly what that huge number looks like. 276 Canadians are just as valued and treasured as 276 Africans, and we want to be part of the solution for educating girls. Everyone deserves the right to an education. Everyone deserves a voice. Your culture, your race, your gender should not hinder your right to an education!
So, many of the boys have asked, “What can I do to help raise awareness?” In response, the LIGHT girls’ club has arranged for another photo next week. This one will be only for the boys to show their solidarity in the fight to keep our girls safe. You too, have a voice, and it needs to be heard.
No selfie will ever be as important as this photo!