If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram you’ll know, or am aware, that I love reading and writing. (Maybe a little too much). I grew up in a home that stressed the importance of education. I wasn’t forced to get good grades, but I wanted to get good grades so I got good grades. I knew good grades did not define who I was, but getting an education definitely made me who I am today. A lot of people take for granted the ability to read and write.
Yes, in our society we joke about how we will never use algebra again (unless someone’s going into math or engineering of some sort), however we were taught how to read, how to write, how to communicate verbally and written, how to think analytically, critically, and creatively, and the list goes on. Skills we take for granted.
I’m grateful, and I’m proud of my education. I learned how to read and write. I learned how to think analytically, critically, and creatively. But many people, especially young women across the globe, don’t have the opportunity to get an education. Hence, I love the Let Girls Learn initiative supported by Michelle Obama. Education is important for everyone, but in some countries, a family is more likely to send a boy to school than a girl. And there are some communities that just don’t have educational resources. The initiative aims to making school more accessible and available for girls. So that both boys and girls can have the same opportunity to learn and grow. Because a girl is equally important and just as deserving of an education. Of course there are social, financial, and political issues to consider, but that’s why the initiative works closely with grassroots programs already in the specific countries and communities. (More information on #62milliongirls and #letgirlslearn here, here, and here).
I believe in educating both boys and girls. I believe that both boys and girls deserve the equal chance to dream and to pursue their dreams. I, once upon a time, wanted to become a teacher but really quickly realized that I wasn’t teacher material. I couldn’t teach, but that only made me admire teachers more. Even so, I still wanted to challenge, to encourage, and to inspire the next generation because I think it’s important. Education is not only about learning the technical things (aka being “book smart”), but also learning about who they (boys and girls) can become and how they can use their gifts and talents to better the world. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have an education and grateful for a family that supports my dreams and challenges me to be a better person.
And just for inspirational purposes, here’s a list of a few women that have inspired me in different ways (aside from my mother, sisters, grandmother, cousins, and aunts): Emma Watson, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Elizabeth Gilbert, Angelina Jolie…and the list continues.
Who are some people you know, personally or not, that have inspired you? Let me know!
Thank you for reading. As always, I wish you the best =)
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world” ~Malala Yousafzai