POSTED BY 60milliongirls | Feb, 26, 2024 |

February 2024

You’ve helped us reach new heights!

2023 was a remarkable year for 60 million girls – all thanks to your support!

We’ve witnessed an impressive surge in revenue, soaring over 30% above the average of the last three years. Remarkably, our administration costs remain under 1% of the donations we receive, empowering us to support even more transformative girls’ education projects.

Our network of donors has expanded from coast to coast, with three in-person events held in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

We’re honored to have been chosen by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) as their International Service Project for 2023-2024. With CFUW’s 95 chapters nationwide fundraising for the Mobile Learning Labs under our “She Belongs in School” project in Mozambique, we’re poised to make a profound impact.

Thanks to your contributions, our partners CODE, CAUSE and Change for Children have received the necessary funds to kickstart the implementation of their innovative projects.

As much as 2023 was bustling with activity, 2024 promises even more exciting milestones for 60 million girls.


Create4Good

In collaboration with McGill student club JED Consulting, 60 million girls proudly presents the inaugural ‘Create4Good’ innovation challenge. This challenge aims to bridge the gap in climate education for women and girls in developing communities.

Students will work in multidisciplinary teams to create a climate education game prototype. The winning team will have the opportunity to join professional developers and JED Consulting to bring the game to fruition.

Using the Create4Good challenge as a launchpad, our goal is to deliver open source, self-directed climate education content through a game format to developing communities. The final game will be accessible to over 700,000 students using 60 million girls’ Mobile Learning Labs (MLLs) and RACHEL devices.

This initiative marks one of the first efforts to create such games specifically tailored to children in developing countries.

> Read more here.

Are you a game developer/producer, environmental specialist, or graphic artist?

Join our team of McGill students, 60 million girls members, international development NGO partners, and game specialists to support this innovative event.

> Download the partnership package here.


February 20th showcase event

In line with our vision of collaborating with a diverse network of stakeholders to support innovative actions for girls’ education, 60 million girls hosted a virtual conference on the intersection of girls’ education and climate change.

This 90-minute discussion featured keynote speaker Christina Kwauk, Research Director at Unbounded Associates. Christina, a social scientist with an interdisciplinary focus on education for climate action, shared insights into girls’ education in developing countries, 21st-century skills, and youth empowerment.

Sandra Spence, Executive Director of CAMFED Canada, highlighted the profound impact of their female agricultural learner guide program in Africa.

With representatives from over 30 Canadian and international NGOs, the event combined discussion groups with presentations on the latest research and knowledge about the impact of climate change. It’s imperative to involve girls and women in finding solutions and building resilience in their already fragile communities.

You can view the presentations here:

What does girls’ education have to do with climate change? Making the case for education for climate justice
by Christna Kwauk

 

Rooting Seeds of Climate Change Activism in Rural Schools and   Communities in Africa
by Sandra Spence


Photo exhibit: Miskitos, a journey to the heart of Bosawás

Following two trips to the heart of the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, a little-known gem nestled on Nicaragua’s northern border with Honduras, photographer Josiane Farand was motivated to reveal the splendor of this territory in a photo exhibit. Josiane has been lending her photographic talent to the 60 million girls team for the past 15 years.

This unique, high-quality exhibit depicts both the natural beauty of the territory and the daily lives of the Miskitos, the indigenous people who inhabit this region and benefit from the educational initiatives supported by 60 million girls.

Entitled Miskitos: Journey to the Heart of the Bosawás, the exhibit captures the way of life and remarkable adaptability of the Miskitos in the face of societal change, deforestation and worsening climate disruption. It also highlights the challenges faced by the Miskitos to survive in an environment devoid of essential infrastructures such as electricity and access to drinking water.

Comprising some fifty photographs grouped by theme, accompanied by explanatory texts, the exhibit recounts the perils of Josiane’s journey by pirogue along the Coco River, on the edge of the Honduras-Nicaragua border, to the homes, schools and daily lives of the Miskitos.

The exhibit will be on display at the Maison du développement durable, located in downtown Montréal, from March 1, 2024.

The vernissage will take place on March 6.  If you would like to take part, please contact us at info@60millionsdefilles.org.

 

> See exhibit details here.

 


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