October 2017

From Tanzania to MontrEal!

Please join us on Thursday, November 16th, for an evening with Ndinini Kimesera Sikar, co-founder of MWEDO – Masaai Women’s Development Organization. Ndinini will share her story as a Masaai woman growing up in Tanzania with limited opportunities for education and employment. In fact, only 1% of girls from these communities make it to high school.

Despite many obstacles, Ndinini succeeded in earning an MBA. She worked for many years as a human resource and corporate relationship manager. In 2005, along with two other Masaai women, she decided to return to their community and put in place an organization aimed specifically at supporting girls and women, especially through education.

Please join us at the BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) on November 16th. We look forward to sharing this event with you to showcase one of the projects 60 million girls is supporting this year.

Hear firsthand just how a quality education can transform a teenage girl’s future. To buy a ticket, click here.

And from Montreal to Sierra Leone!

Our to-do list to equip the Mobile Learning Labs:

Solar charging systems – DONE
RACHEL-Plus Wi-Fi servers – DONE
Amazing new educational content – DONE

The Mobile Learning Labs (MLLs) will open their doors to 750 grade 4, 5 and 6 students in five communities in early October in Koinadugu District in northern Sierra Leone. Using 7-inch tablets, the students will have access to more high quality educational content than they have ever seen. Some content is available in video format as e-books, games and interactive programs. In addition, there is a myriad of educational content: English, math, biology, chemistry, geography, coding and more. The students will also have access to information on everything from health to agriculture to business. They will be able to visit their local MLL, for two hours per week, from October to June. There, the students will be able to work on anything they want or need at their own pace. Set up in a completely self-directed space, the MLL allows students to work independently or in peer groups. Our pilot trials have already shown tremendous interest and engagement on the part of the students. Now, we will begin measuring the impact of the MLL on academic achievement and on non-cognitive skills such as self-confidence, intrinsic motivation and aspirations for future success.

Take a look at our short video to understand what the MLL is all about!

Wanda Bedard
President, 60 million girls

Making a difference

If you ever wondered if just one individual can make a difference, just read about Catherine and Helen. They decided to make a difference by supporting 60 million girls so that girls in Tanzania and Sierra Leone could have a quality education

Under the name Moveable Feast, Catherine hosted gourmet dinners to intimate gatherings of Vancouverites for a number of years. She gave this up last year only to start up again this fall, this time as a social enterprise. Each month, Catherine offers tempting, delicious menus to food lovers – with all profits being donated to 60 million girls. In addition to offering delectable meals, Catherine talks about the Foundation and its work.

Thank you, Catherine, for your marvellous initiative.

Helen Pantelis is a long-standing supporter of 60 million girls. At the end of the summer, Helen, ably assisted by family members, hosted a cocktail dinner in her home to benefit the Foundation. To inform her guests about the Foundation, she scattered a wealth of facts about 60 million girls around her house. In addition, Wanda was invited to speak. She talked about the benefits of girls’ education and described our recent projects in Tanzania and Sierra Leone. A $50 donation was requested but many guests gave much more.

The event was an enormous success. We are so grateful to Helen, her family and all the guests who were so generous.

 

THANK YOU BOTH FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

 

Moving from interest to action
By Emily Robertson

I was introduced to 60 million girls as a high school student at Queen of Angels Academy, an all-girls school in Montreal. Every year, each student took part in helping to fundraise for 60 million girls and raising awareness about it in their communities. My introduction to 60 million girls piqued my interest to understand gender inequality, which prevents girls in the developing world from receiving access to a quality education. It was my motivation to get involved and do something to change this injustice.

I am currently at Queen’s University studying political science with a focus on international relations. This has given me the opportunity to learn how governments work and helped me to understand international development and how organizations, such as 60 million girls, can make a difference. This summer, I have been working in Montreal and wanted to get involved with 60 million girls again. I was inspired by their recent project involving the RACHEL-Plus, technology used in an after-school program to further educate children using solar-powered wireless tablets. I wanted to volunteer and help out, and was given the opportunity to help with some of the research data of this amazing project.

This has given me great insight into the work being done by 60 million girls. I have met some incredibly dedicated and resourceful people. This experience has reinforced my passion for both education and international development. I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue volunteering for this organization in whatever way I can. I have learned that ordinary citizens like myself can make a difference.

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