“Right now 62 million girls are not in school… they deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters.” – First lady Michelle Obama.
“I want education to be the top priority because how can we end poverty… when we deny the right to education,” she said. “It’s not that there is lack of money in this world… we have billions and trillions of dollars, but where the money goes is military, it’s things that are useless and that are not useful to society.” – Malala Yousafzai, 18-year-old Pakistani activist
In one part of the world, during 2015 Global Citizen Festival organized in Central Park on Sept. 26 2015, in New York with the aim to end extreme poverty by 2030, these words were spoken to create awareness about the #62MillionGirls who missed the chance to go to school each year. The #62MillionGirls campaign encourages supporters to raise awareness on how 62 million young women across the globe were deprived of learning and denied the right to education.
In another part of the world, more than four million refugees of the Syrian Civil War have left Syria. Most of them fled to neighboring countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq; while thousands also ended up in more distant countries of the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf, North Africa and Europe.
And in a different part of the world, a celebrity is making huge profits as a brand ambassador to an XYZ company for a 10 minute advertisement.
And where does this money go? To buy a villa? Or to fly across the globe in your private jet with high security just to play golf?
In one part of the world, basic rights and necessity like food, shelter and education are denied, while in another part of the world, the same basic rights and necessity of food and shelter have become luxury in the form of expensive villas and 5 star restaurants.
John Kerry, the 68th and current United States Secretary of State says, “There are #62milliongirls not in school. No country can succeed w/o half its population empowered so #letgirlslearn”.
When on one end we talk about the heavy words like advancement and improvement, how exactly do you plan to achieve it when half the population doesn’t even know the meaning of those words because they have been denied the one chance to education?
Let’s take an example.
Read the following steps carefully.
Now think about it in reverse.
The payment comes from the profits, which come from the product, which is made from the raw materials, which is procured directly or indirectly from the earth.
So by that logic, directly or indirectly, the celebs earn via earth’s raw materials. So how do you pay back to it?
“Do not take your education for granted — there is a girl that would love to be in your place” —LOTUS #62MillionGirls