There are some words that stick in your head and you use them to guide your life in all aspects. About 15 years ago, our school took on the motto “Together we can make a difference.” As a teacher, I used it in my class as a way of getting along as well as a way of helping others. Now that I am a mom of three beautifully smart daughters, I want them to be socially conscious citizens who realize that there is a big world around them.
Education can be something that we take for granted and I didn’t know if my girls were aware of how different it is for some around the world. For some girls, school is just a dream. Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, threats to safety, poor sanitation and extreme poverty are barriers than prevent 100 million girls around the world from receiving the education they deserve.
To help them better understand, I shared with them the story of Joyce.