Educate a Woman, You Educate a Nation

Jun 18, 2013 • LifestyleNo Comments

Educate a Woman, You Educate a Nation”, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 2007

‘In 2000, 93.4 million women in Sub-Saharan Africa were illiterate’. There are several reasons as to why adequate education is unavailable to females. Poverty is a major factor but some believe that a ‘women’s education will get in the way of her duties as a wife and a mother. In some places in Africa where women marry as young as 12 or 13, education is considered a hindrance to a young woman’s development’. Conservative patriarchal customs have often caused tribal cultures to marginalize the education of young girls, placing it as a non priority.

Today many organizations are attempting to change that by providing more opportunities for African women to get an education and often at times, work towards completing degrees.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon the ‘Wisdom Exchange TV’, ‘an educational resource’ aiding ‘African women to learn, lead and succeed in life, business, and community.’ They use the achievements of leaders, trailblazers and entrepreneurs to ‘inspire and develop…African women leaders of today for tomorrow’.

I’m hopeful that an initiative like the Wisdom Exchange will provide the opportunities and encouragement for the women of African and help them break away from the shackles of poverty.

Check out Wisdom TV’s latest interview with Regina Ingabire, co-founder of Never Again International Youth Network in Rwanda below:

SOURCE: WISDOM EXCHANGE & UNESCO.ORG

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