Several dozen New York City students and students from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal will join Hollywood star Freida Pinto and UN officials this Friday to “erase” the image of girl factory workers to reveal a hidden image of students in the classroom – a symbol for how innovation and education can change children’s lives for the better by potentially erasing inequity and injustice.
Girls’ education is the single most powerful investment for development. Children born to educated women are healthier and survive at better rates. But even though more girls are entering school than ever before, 31 million are still denied this right. Those that do attend school face major challenges that include discrimination, financial stress, and threats to their safety. The world needs new, creative solutions to help girls everywhere overcome these barriers to learning and achievement.
Students from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Poly Prep, Young Women’s Leadership Network and the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School will participate in the event.
When: 9:15-11:30a.m, 11 October 2013
Where: James P. Grant Plaza, outside UNICEF House, Three UN Plaza, East 44th Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
• Elhadj As Sy, Director, Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office, UNICEF
• Nigel Chapman, Chief executive Officer, Plan International
• Freida Pinto, Plan International Ambassador
• Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls’ Who Code